Preparing for Sclerotherapy

If you’re planning to undergo a sclerotherapy procedure to treat your varicose veins, there are a few planning and precautionary tips you should follow, says Jacksonville vein specialist Dr. James St. George of the St. Johns Vein Center.


Do Not’s:

  • Do not take Tetracycline or Minocin for at least 10 days before undergoing sclerotherapy. These antibiotics may cause staining of your skin. Talk with your doctor about alternative antibiotics that are safer.
  • Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen or any other anti-inflammatory medications for at least 48 hours before and after your procedure. These medications act as blood thinners and can cause excessive bleeding during sclerotherapy and other procedures. They also can interfere with the action and effectiveness of the sclerosing agent.
  • Do not take Prednisone for at least 48 hours before sclerotherapy. It can significantly decrease the sclerosing agent’s effectiveness. Again, be sure to talk with both your vein specialist and your Prednisone prescribing doctor about how to safely discontinue and resume use of Prednisone.

On Day of Procedure:

  • Don’t apply moisturizers, sun blocks or any type of lotion to your legs before your procedure. Ask your doctor when it’s safe to resume use.
  • Bring a pair of comfortable shorts to wear during your procedure.
  • Bring compression hosiery and a loose-fitting pair of slacks to wear after the procedure.
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol excessively in the weeks prior to your treatment, as the effects can slow or hinder healing.

Be assured that sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive, yet highly-effective treatment that allows you to get back to your daily routine quickly and comfortably. Preparing for sclerotherapy is an important part of the process. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call 877-640-VEIN (8346).

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