What Will Happen to the Blood Flow in my Hand After Sclerotherapy?

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Nothing will change.

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I frequently treat hand veins both with sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation with very excellent and cosmetically acceptable results.  There is also minimum discomfort and associated downtime.  If the veins are treated by either method nothing will change with the blood flow in the hand.  There are plenty of collateral veins to pick up the flow just as in the legs after sclerotherapy and laser treatments.

Naples General Surgeon

Sclerotherapy for Hand Veins - Buffalo Niagara, NY

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I also treat hand veins with sclerotherapy and find it to be very effective. Patients dislike large prominent veins on the hands as they "show that they have aged". These are superficial and unnecessary veins and treating them has no deleterious effect on venous physiology of the hands. 

Blood will flow

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to your heart normally, just not throught the veins being treated.

blood return will be unaffected by treating large superficial veins.  sclerotherapy is very useful to treat these veins as long as an experienced physician does this for you.


Craig Crippen, MD
Kelowna Physician

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Blood flow after sclerotherapy typically is unaffected

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Blood flow after sclerotherapy typically is unaffected in the extremities including the arms and legs. Generally, speaking sclerotherapy is used to clot small veins called venules that are propogated or grow during the aging process. If you stop the flow to these extra blood vessels, the normal blood flow is unaffected to the rest of your body.

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Sclerotherapy results in redirection of blood flow

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When the superficial veins are sclerosed, the blood flow that typically passes through these veins is usually re-directed to other veins that typically lay deeper in the extremity.

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I don't recommend sclero for large hand veins

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Small veins are probably OK to treat, but the large veins on the dorsum (top) of the hand are usually too large. I do not recommend treating them.

Best Regards.

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