What is Polidocanol used for?
- Polidocanol is a medication that is used for the treatment of varicose veins. It scars (scleroses) the veins, thereby reducing pain and swelling.
- It is also commonly used to treated tendonitis and tenosynovitis (inflammation of the tendons).
- In an attempt to heal the body of the tendonosis, new blood vessels and nerves (neovessels) grow into the diseased tendon, producing pain.
- A polidocanol injection involves the use of an ultrasound machine which will demonstrate the presence of these neovessels, which are then injected with Polidocanol. .
Prior to the Procedure
- All blood thinning products (except aspirin) must be stopped prior to your procedure. You will be advised by letter when to stop taking these medications at the time that your admission date is arranged.
- You are able to take your other regular medications with a sip of water on the morning of your procedure.
- If you are an insulin dependent diabetic you will always be at the beginning of the list. Please bring your insulin with you and it will be given to you following your procedure.
- Hamilton Day Surgery Centre staff will advise you of your fasting and admission times.
- You must not have anything to eat, drink, smoke or chew prior to your procedure.
- You will need to organise someone to drive you home after the procedure as you will not be able to drive for 24 hours after your procedure.
What Will Happen?
- You will be admitted to the day surgery by a nurse and you will be asked to change into a gown.
- The Anaesthetist will speak with you and may place a cannula (plastic needle) into a vein in your hand.
- The Anaesthetist will give you some sedation into your vein.
- The procedure will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
- After the procedure, you will be placed on a trolley and taken to recovery, where you will remain for approximately one hour.
- After having something to eat and drink, you will be discharged with a carer.
- Gentle activity and rest is recommended in the first 24 hours following the procedure. You may then return to normal activity.
- You will be discharged with your affected arm in a sling or resting splint, which you will be required to wear for two weeks following your procedure.
- You will then be reviewed by your physiotherapist regarding an eccentric muscle exercise program.
- A nurse from HPC will telephone you 24 to 48 hours following your procedure to check on your progress and organise a follow up appointment.
If you require further explanation of the procedure, please contact Hunter Pain Clinic nursing staff on (02) 4985 1800.
* Image by Sarah G (Own work) [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dm-set/3846819118