There are different treatments for varicose veins, all of which depend on the individual patient and the type of venous problems need treatment. One procedure — ultrasound guided sclerotherapy — is often used on varicose veins that are not visible. While other procedures such as Endovenous Laser Ablation may work well on other larger veins, smaller veins that are too small for a laser fiber can be treated using this technique.
During the procedure, a special solution – a sclerosant — in either a liquid or “foamed” form is injected into the affected veins. The procedure is monitored on an ultrasound screen. This ultrasound use allows the physician to see veins located below the surface of the skin. Veins can be treated with the procedure with at an early stage to prevent further vein complications.
Once the sclerosant is injected into the veins, the solution will irritate the veins which will then collapse and subsequently be absorbed by the body. A number of injections will be made to ensure that the entire vein is treated. The entire process takes about an hour and is administered under a local anesthesia.
After the procedure, patients will be required to wear compression stockings all day for about the first week. After that, the stockings should be worn during the day for the next three to six weeks.
Depending upon the seriousness of the vein problems, multiple treatments may be required. These treatments are usually scheduled about three to four weeks apart.
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is considered safer and more comfortable than traditional vein stripping which can be a painful varicose vein treatment that causes unsightly scarring. It will improve the appearance of veins, as well as reducing the risks associated with blood pooling in the veins. Another benefit is that Sclerotherapy can be used on different sizes of veins. Other benefits of this procedure include:
• Long-lasting results
• Minimal side effects
• Quick relief
• Minimally invasive procedure
Unlike vein stripping there is little to no down time (nor much to worry about in terms of sclerotherapy aftercare) following this procedure, allowing patients to return to their normal routines.
Depending on the vein condition being treated, insurance may cover the procedure if it considered a medical necessity, rather than a cosmetic procedure.
If you would like to discuss whether ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is right for you and if your individual situation will be covered by insurance, give us a call at the Skin and Vein Center to set up a no-obligation, complimentary consultation.