Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure that helps people get rid of something that might be bugging them: spider veins.
Here to tell us more is nurse practitioner Jamie Luecke from Carle Heart &
Vascular Institute. Thank you for being here, Jamie.
First, I’ve always wondered, what’s the difference between spider veins and varicose veins?
• Spider veins
o Purple or blue-ish
o Small, don’t cause pain
o Squiggly, reaching out
• Varicose veins
o Larger, raised above skin
o Possibly painful, problematic
o Could be sign of something serious
So, sclerotherapy is not for the more-serious varicose veins. It’s for spider veins. How does it
• Small needle
• Inject repeatedly
• Fill veins with solution
• Veins collapse, disappear
I heard you say needles. So, I have to ask. Does it hurt?
• Mild sting
• Less than a tattoo
• Less than a bee sting
What can people expect for recovery time?
• Mild bruising, if any
• Limited exercise
• Walking is good
• Compression stockings
And if someone wants to learn more about sclerotherapy, what should they do?
• Research reliable websites
• Visit Carle.org, search for Vein Center
• Call 217-904-7000