How does ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy work?
Ultrasound allows the doctor to visualise all the veins under the skin that need treatment, and to precisely guide a tiny catheter into the varicose vein. Then, a special foaming substance known as a sclerosing agent is injected into the vein, which causes the vein to collapse and seal shut. The body then absorbs the vein into the surrounding tissue, making it disappear from view, and at the same time, your blood is rerouted to healthier veins in the area.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Sclerotherapy treatment with the help of duplex ultrasound allows our doctors to visually guide and monitor a needle to the exact location where the damaged vein is to be injected. Thanks to ultrasound we can now treat larger varicose veins that once required more invasive surgical treatment.
By using ultrasound we can treat more accurately larger varicose veins with a higher safety margin. Foam sclerotherapy is the new form of delivering the sclerosing agent that allows us to treat larger varicose veins that might be unsuccessfully treated with conventional sclerotherapy. The foam solution has the consistency of ‘shaving cream’, which improves treatment in two distinct ways.
All treatments will require a medical consultation. Like all medical procedures some risks do exist. The benefits and minor risks will be discussed during your first consultation before treatment with one of our doctors.
First, the foam displaces blood within the vein, permitting the full strength of the sclerosing agent to be in direct contact with the vein wall for an extended period of time without any dilution effects.
Second, the foam is visible via ultrasound imaging and can be easily tracked and guided to the source of the venous problem. For large veins, foam is used with conjunction of the ultrasound machine.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Casestudy
Two sessions of sclerotherapy were performed. This picture was taken 6 weeks after the first treatment.