Frequently Asked Questions

Sclerotherapy

What is Sclerotherapy?


Sclerotherapy is an effective, safe, and easy way to eliminate visible surface veins. It consists of a series of injections, performed by our highly skilled physicians or nurses. Medication is introduced into a vein to sclerose and eventually dissolves the vein.




How does Sclerotherapy work?


Sclerotherapy works by delivering small amounts of medication into your vein through a small needle. A series of injections are given to you at each visit. This treatment is suitable for smaller varicose and spider veins and may take several sessions for best results.




How do I know if Sclerotherapy is right for me?


At your first visit, you will be given a form to complete outlining your medical history. Our nurse will bring you into the examination-treatment area where she will take your information and vital signs. The doctor will perform a thorough examination of your problem, and if needed, will initiate a diagnostic investigation. You will be informed of the treatment required to improve your condition.




Does Sclerotherapy hurt?


The doctor or nurse will inject a small amount of medication into your veins using a very small needle that feels like a mosquito bite.




How long does a Sclerotherapy procedure take?


Each visit requires only 15-30 minutes.




Is Sclerotherapy covered by Alberta Health Services (AHS)?


Your office visit is covered by AHS. In many cases, your private insurance company will cover all, or part, of the cost of the medications that are used during your treatment. Any portion not covered by AHC or your private insurance company can be claimed on your personal tax form.




Is Sclerotherapy permanent?


Venous disease is a chronic, progressive disease and you will need regular check-ups to ensure your veins remain healthy. Think of it as a yearly physical or dental examination for your legs.




Can I get Sclerotherapy anywhere else on my body?


Sclerotherapy can be performed in other areas of your body, including hands!





Varicose Veins

What are Varicose Veins?


Varicose veins are a common condition caused by weak or damaged vein walls and valves. They can appear swollen and cause discomfort at the end of the day or they can appear small and red in appearance.




Why do I have varicose veins?


Varicose Veins can be hereditary in nature, or they may develop during your pregnancy, or an injury. Some factors that can worsen your vein condition is standing or walking for prolonged periods of time, age, obesity, and hormonal changes.




What is the best treatment for Varicose Veins?


Sclerotherapy remains the gold standard for the treatment of varicose or spider veins.




What treatments are available for Varicose veins?


  1. Echosclerotherapy: Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy uses an ultrasound to deliver higher doses of medication into the affected varicosed vein.
  2. Sclerotherapy: A safe, effective, and easy way to eliminate visible surface veins with a series of smaller injections into smaller varicose or spider veins.
  3. Compression Stockings: Compress the lower leg and thus lessen the swelling, and the formation of new varicose veins.





Echosclerotherapy

What is Echosclerotherapy?


Echosclerotherapy is also known as Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy. This highly-specialized treatment is performed by a trained physician. Your doeactor will use an ultrasound machine to find and visualize your deeper varicose vein, so they may accurately guide the needle, filled with medication or sclerosing agent, and inject the hidden abnormal vein.




Is Echosclerotherapy safe?


Before performing any treatment, your doctor and nurse will discuss your history in detail to ensure echosclerotherapy is the right option. Echosclerotherapy is a very safe and effective procedure to treat your deeper varicose veins.




Is Echosclerotherapy right for me / am I a good candidate?


Your doctor will assess you in a consultation before you undergo any procedure. Your doctor will give you the best and safest treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.





Compression Stockings

What are Compression Stockings?


Compression stocking are a specialized stocking designed to help prevent the occurrence of, and guard against further progression of venous disorders, such as edema, phlebitis, and thrombosis.




What are the benefits of Compression Stockings?


Compression stockings compress the lower leg and thus lessens the swelling and the formation of new varicose veins. Your legs will feel less tired at the end of the day.




How do I use Compression Stockings?


Compression stockings should be worn from dawn till dusk, all day long every day. They should be put on in the morning before your get out of bed. If you want to shower first, go back, and lie down for a few minutes with your legs up and wiggle your toes to empty the veins.