Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is used to treat spider and varicose veins with ultimate precision. An ultrasound machine is used to visualize the veins underneath the surface of the skin, so the doctor can easily insert a needle directly into the vein in question. Once the needle is properly placed, a solution is injected into the vein that causes it to seal shut and eventually collapse and fade from view. Sclerotherapy has been used since the 1930′s to effectively treat varicose veins, but the addition of the ultrasound machine has allowed doctors even better precision for stellar results.
Am I a Good Candidate for Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy?
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is particularly effective on smaller varicose veins, known as spider veins. These veins appear as a result of weight gain, pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations or occupations that require you to be on your feet for long periods of time. Sclerotherapy injects a solution directly into the veins to permanently seal them off so they fade from view. Blood flow is naturally redirected to healthier veins in the area.
naturally redirected to healthier veins in the area.
Patients who have ultrasound guided sclerotherapy should be in reasonably good health and have realistic expectations about results. It may take a number of months for larger veins to disappear completely, while smaller veins may effective fade in a matter of weeks.
What is the Procedure Like?
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is performed right in our clinic by one of our experienced doctors. The solution used at USC Vein Centers does not contain saline to keep patient discomfort to a minimum. No local anesthetic is necessary. The doctor uses the ultrasound to guide the tiny needle directly to the vein in question. Once the needle hits the right location, the solution is gently pumped into the vein. The entire procedure may take just a few minutes to complete, depending on the number of veins to be treated at one time.
What can I Expect Afterward?
Most patients can drive themselves home right after ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. Normal activities can be resumed the same day, although patients should not engage in any aerobic activities for a few days after treatment. Discomfort is minimal after the procedure, due to the non-invasive nature of the treatment and the compression stockings that are typically worn directly after the procedure and for a few days afterward. Patients will see a reduction in spider veins within the first two months, but larger veins may require up to three or four months to disappear completely.
Is Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy a Permanent Solution for My Varicose Veins?
Because ultrasound guided sclerotherapy causes the permanent collapse of the treated vein, it is considered a permanent solution to varicose and spider veins. However, new veins can appear in the area, requiring addition procedures to maintain the cosmetic appearance. If you have a higher risk for varicose veins, our staff can talk to you about things you can do to reduce your risk of subsequent veins occurring.
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is one of the oldest and most effective methods for treating smaller varicose and spider veins. Our team of experienced professionals has perfected the process to make it as comfortable and effective as possible. To ask questions or schedule an appointment, contact USC Vein Centers today.