Andrew J. Rochman, MD
General Surgery & Alternative Medicine located in Plainview, NY
As a skilled vein specialist, Andrew J. Rochman, MD, offers on-site solutions to treat varicose and spider veins. At his Plainview, New York, office, Dr. Rochman provides comprehensive treatments for vein issues, including sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy effectively eliminates the bulging, twisted veins that embarrass you or cause you pain. Find out if you’re a candidate for sclerotherapy by calling the office today or by scheduling a consultation online now.
Sclerotherapy Q & A
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a common treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. The procedure involves the injection of a chemical to destroy the structure of the vein, irritating the vein’s lining and causing it to stick together and shrink.
Once the vein collapses, it’s absorbed back into your body and blood is rerouted to healthy, nearby veins.
Why do I need sclerotherapy?
Many people have spider veins and varicose veins without experiencing any problems. However, if varicose veins become painful or cause other symptoms, you may need to have them treated with sclerotherapy.
In the case of both spider and varicose veins, you may also elect treatment for cosmetic reasons. Bulging varicose veins can affect your confidence and how you feel about the appearance of your legs.
What happens during sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a procedure Dr. Rochman performs in-office. You don’t need anesthesia for treatment, but he can provide a topical anesthetic to keep you comfortable.
Dr. Rochman inserts a thin needle into the affected vein, relying on ultrasound-guided technology to position the needle in the correct area. He then injects the medical-grade chemical solution into the vein.
After treatment, it can take time for the vein to disappear completely. Over the course of a few weeks, you notice the vein fading away and the appearance of your legs improving.
For large varicose veins, Dr. Rochman may recommend additional sclerotherapy appointments to ensure the entire vein is treated and destroyed.
Does sclerotherapy have any risks?
Sclerotherapy is a safe, effective procedure for varicose and spider veins. After your injection, you may experience some bruising and redness in the treatment area.
You may also notice that your skin becomes darker in some spaces or develops tiny red blood vessels. These are all common side effects of sclerotherapy and resolve on their own without any special treatment.
Dr. Rochman also ensures this type of treatment is right for you before your sclerotherapy procedure. He reviews your medical history and current health to make certain you can safely tolerate sclerotherapy.
If you’re ready to address unsightly spider veins or painful varicose veins, schedule a sclerotherapy consultation with Andrew J. Rochman, MD, today by phone or use the online booking feature.