Unsightly or Unhealthy?
You may be concerned about how your legs look. But how they feel matters, also. While leg veins may appear unattractive, they could also be dangerous: Achy, tired or swollen legs may mean other health issues.

Is treatment right for me?
The Interventional Vein Specialist's Clinic at OHSU offers safe, quick, state-of-the-art treatment for spider veinsvaricose veins and other venous problems. There's a lot we can do for your leg veins in just one visit.

What other services do you offer?
Our services include sclerotherapy, endovenous ablation, and phlebectomy. We work closely with patients throughout the entire process of consultation, implementing a well thought-out treatment plan and providing long term follow-up, to ensure that patients are satisfied and that their goals are met.

Interested in a free phone consultation, or have a leg vein question? Complete the form and we'll talk about what's right for you.

How can I learn more?
If you're just getting started, these frequently asked questions can answer some basic questions about leg vein treatment. If you have additional questions, or would like a free phone consultation, call me at 503 568-4571 or complete the form. We'll talk about what's right for you.

Q: What is sclerotherapy?
A: Sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice for treating spider and varicose veins. A solution is injected directly into the vein and causes the vein to shut down and eventually disappear.
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Q: Why is sclerotherapy done?
A: To improve the appearance of unwanted spider and varicose veins. It can also improve related symptoms such as swelling, burning, and tired and achy legs. back to top

Q: Is sclerotherapy painful?
A: Sclerotherapy uses a very tiny needle; you may feel a mild burning sensation that lasts a second or two. Most tolerate the procedure well and do not require any type of anesthesia.
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Q: What happens after my sclerotherapy treatment?
A: The injected sites may appear reddened, bruised and swollen for a few days.If you have mild pain, it can be relieved by Tylenol. The bruising usually disappears within two to three weeks and you can see the veins fade and disappear within three to six weeks.
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Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: It varies from individual to individual but typically you can expect 40-90 percent of your veins to disappear with one to four treatments. More treatments are needed when there are more veins or when the veins are larger.
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Q: Does insurance cover sclerotherapy?
A: Most insurance companies do not cover sclerotherapy; however, it is best to check with your insurance company to make sure. We accept cash, check or credit card at the time of treatment. We suggest that after your sclerotherapy you send the treatment description and the receipt into your insurance company for possible reimbursement. We do not bill insurance companies.
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Q: If I need treatment other than sclerotherapy, where can I go and is it covered by insurance?

A: The vein specialist team at OHSU provides our patients with several other treatment options, such as venous ablation and phlebectomy. These procedures are usually covered by insurance and done here at OHSU by our highly skilled and qualified doctors.
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