Sclerotherapy uses an injection of a special chemical (sclerosant) into the vein to damage and scar the inside lining of the vein. This causes the vein to close. During the procedure, the affected leg(s) are elevated to drain blood, and the sclerosant is injected into the veins. The procedure takes between 5 to 30 minutes, depending on how many veins are treated and how big they are. After the procedure is completed, pressure is applied over the veins to prevent blood return when you stand up. You will need to wear compression stockings for several weeks to maintain pressure. Sclerotherapy generally does not require any recovery time. You will usually be able to walk immediately after the treatment but should take it easy for a day or two. While bed rest is not recommended, you may need to avoid strenuous exercise for a few days after the Sclerotherapy. After four weeks, the treated vein should lose its color and gradually fade away.

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