What is cryo-sclerotherapy?

Adam M. Levine, DO
Interventional Cardiology
Traditional sclerotherapy is an injection into a spider vein or small varicose vein to cause it to close. Cryo-sclerotherapy uses a cooling device during the procedure to reduce pain.

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Gabriel P. Lasala, MD
Interventional Cardiology
Cryo-sclerotherapy is a procedure where a physician injects the varicose vein with a solution that causes the vein to scar and close. Within a few weeks, the vein will fade, although sometimes it will require multiple injections.

The conventional treatment for varicose veins is effective but uncomfortable. In this video, vein specialist Luis Navarro, MD, describes cryo-sclerotherapy and explains why it is an improvement.

Continue Learning about Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Large twisted blue or purplish veins visible at the skins surface are known as varicose veins. Any vein in your body can become varicose but it usually occurs in the legs and feet due to the pressure the lower body endures to keep ...

your body upright. It is caused by the weakening of the valves and veins in your legs. Varicose veins are usually hereditary. We are also more prone to get varicose veins as we age. Symptoms include itching, burning, throbbing or cramping in the legs and around the veins. Self-care measures such as exercising, elevating your legs, and wearing compression stockings are used to ease the pain and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. If these measures dont work, see your doctor to discuss medical treatments that are available to close or remove varicose veins.

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