When it comes to undergoing a sclerotherapy treatment, the most common question asked of any physician has to do with the recovery period of the sclerotherapy procedure. People want to know what is to be expected as well as what they can and cannot do following the sclerotherapy treatment and how long this period will last. These are some important questions since knowing this information helps the patient to understand the procedure better as well as them being able to make a well informed decision regarding their sclerotherapy treatment.
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As a general rule of thumb, the physician will place a tight fitting compression wrap around the treated area as well as possibly even prescribe the use of a support hose for the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure has been accomplished as a means of preventing the possibility of a blood clot forming. This does not mean that a blood clot will no form as it is still possible but the use of these tight fitting wrappings will assist in lowering your chances of this side effect associated with the sclerotherapy treatment.
Some patients may even experience cramping as a result of undergoing a sclerotherapy treatment but this is usually a temporary side effect associated with the procedure and will gradually go away within a few days. As a patient you must also understand that immediately following the sclerotherapy procedure the treated area may look worse than it did before the procedure but this is a normal occurrence any time work is done to the body’s circulatory system. This worse look generally includes bruises in the immediate area which you may first notice immediately following the removal of your compression wraps. Within a month or two these bruises will gradually fade away.
It is suggested that you refrain from wearing any revealing clothing for at least a month as well as refrain from prolonged periods of standing or sitting. The ultimate goal is to not have to deal with the most common risk associated with sclerotherapy which is the possibility of forming a blood clot. Many physicians will suggest that the patient walks and does light exercises as this will help in preventing the forming of a blood clot following your sclerotherapy procedure.
The common suggestion is a one month cooling off period between treatments and although the sclerotherapy treatment can get rid of the current spider and varicose veins, this treatment will not prevent them from forming again.