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What is STP?

It is quite normal for your treated veins to become tender and lumpy after Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) treatment. It is a sign that the treatment has worked how we intended it to – causing an inflammatory reaction in the lining of the vein, prompting your body to shut the vein down.

However, some people find that their veins over-react to the treatment and become more inflamed than we need, and more than is comfortable. This post-treatment reaction is called superficial thrombophlebitis (STP).

This will cause red, hard areas over the treated veins that are painful to touch. STP can make it difficult to meet the daily walking targets.


How is it diagnosed?

If you are concerned that your treated veins are more sore or swollen than you expect and causing difficulty in walking for 30 mins a day, please contact the clinic.

STP can be diagnosed by clinical examination as well as confirmed on ultrasound.


How is STP treated?

If you suspect STP, you can restart your aspirin (if you have stopped taking it after your 2-week review) and also reapply your compression stocking.  These measures may provide some immediate relief.

The doctor may also recommend additional anti-inflammatory medications, as well as possibly perform some local treatment to the area to relieve your symptoms.

Importantly, try to maintain your walking and hydration.