Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy is a fast, relatively painless method for the treatment of varicose veins. This procedure involves using an ultrasound machine to visualize the deeper vein that causes the problems with the veins seen near the surface of the skin. During a treatment, a liquid agent ( such as Sotordectol) is injected through a tiny needle directly into the veins causing them to contract and collapse. With ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy we can see the needle and the vein deep under the skin and visualize that we are directly injecting the problem vein. Large varicose veins can go away quickly without the need for surgery. Spider veins often fade with fewer treatments and longer lasting results.
Treatments with ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy usually last between 15mins-1 hour depending on how extensive the varicose vein treatment is. Often a single treatment with ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy will also remove a cluster spider veins especially if they are networked with large varicose veins. Following treatment, the veins may appear worse than before but this effect will usually disappear within a week. Compression stockings are required following the procedure. Ask your physician if Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy is right for you.