Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is an excellent treatment for varicose veins and, like other treatments, focuses on sealing the diseased veins shut so that they are reabsorbed by the body and disappear from view.
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.
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.
Varicose vein treatment, also known as endovenous ablation, uses radiofrequency or laser energy to cauterize and close varicose veins in the legs. It may be used for cosmetic purposes, but it is most commonly used to help ease varicose vein related symptoms such as aching, swelling, skin irritation, discoloration or inflammation. Endovenous ablation is safe, less invasive than conventional surgery, and leaves virtually no scars.
We offer two forms of Endovenous therapy treatments:
Endovenous Laser Ablation is a Varicose Veins Laser Treatment performed in our clinic under local anaesthetic. This new procedure is a suitable treatment option for patients with symptoms associated with varicose veins and is considered as effective as surgery but without the need for hospitalisation. Risks and benefits will be discussed during your first consultation.
Radiofrequency Ablation is an endovenous treatment (meaning treating the vein on the inside). It is generally accepted to be associated with less pain and bruising than endovenous laser ablation.
Venaseal™ is a modern non-surgical treatment that uses a medical adhesive to treat varicose veins.
The glue is made from cyanoacrylate and it is a safe, medical grade adhesive that is used to “glue” the large saphenous vein in the thigh shut. As the medical superglue sets within minutes, there is a faster healing process that is sometimes associated with other treatments.
Generally considered safer and as effective as surgery.
Doctor only treatments
Australian specialist doctors who have undergone further training in varicose vein laser treatment.
Radial laser technology is used for our laser treatments.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy – This treatment is non-surgical, no scarring and virtually no downtime. A specialised medication is injected into the diseased veins to collapse the vein and allow the body to absorb the sealed vein. The appearance usually improves over a few weeks and continues to improve for about three months.
Endovenous Therapy – Also known as endovenous laser ablation or radiofrequency ablation, these treatments are performed comfortably in our clinic with local anaesthetic. The treatment is a minimally invasive method of treatment for larger varicose veins and is considered the gold standard treatment requiring no hospitalisation or general anaesthetic.
Venaseal “Medical Super Glue”-Venaseal is a modern, non-surgical treatment that uses a medical adhesive to treat varicose veins. As the medical superglue sets within minutes, there is a faster healing process than is sometimes associated with other treatments.
Compression Therapy – Patients who have small varicose veins may relief from their symptoms by wearing compression stockings.
The Vein Institute is a medical practice. If the spider veins are the result of an underlying varicose vein, then we would set up a treatment plan to treat the varicose veins and superficial, surface veins.
If the spider veins are a cosmetic concern only, we will provide a referral to a cosmetic physician.
No preparation is required. If your procedure is scheduled for the morning, be sure to eat breakfast and take any normal medications. You should, however, wear loose-fitting pants or sweats because your legs will be wrapped with elastic bandages after the procedure.
The procedure takes about an hour, after which you can return home or work.
Most patients experience mild discomfort while the local anaesthetic is administered. Patients who are highly anxious should discuss their concerns with their doctor. The doctor may arrange a medication or supplement to be taken prior to the procedure to reduce anxiety and produce a calming effect. For patients taking this medication, a carer or relative is required to transport you home.
Following the procedure, you will be required to wear compression stockings or bandages on the treated legs to ensure the vein remains sealed and to assist the healing process. You may experience some numbness in the leg area until the local anaesthetic wears off.
- Minimal to no downtime or time away from work.
- You can drive after the procedure, if you haven’t taken any medications to reduce anxiety.
- No long-distance travel greater than 5 hours is recommended.
- We recommend that all patients wear compression stockings or bandagesfor a minimum of five days after treatment to assist the healing process.
- If there is any discomfort following the treatment the doctor may recommend pain reliever medications.
All patients must have a review scan within four weeks of the laser procedure to ensure that the laser treatment was successful in sealing the diseased veins. Following the laser treatment, a few sessions of sclerotherapy injections may be required to treat the more superficial veins.
We recommend that for the first 10 days following treatment you avoid rigorous activities such as aerobics, jogging, or long periods of sitting and standing. Mild to moderate exercise such as golf or an easy stationary bike ride is permitted. You can carry on with your normal work or home duties provided they are not strenuous.
Rarely do patients need to take time off work. You can drive after the procedure, if you haven’t taken any medications to reduce anxiety.
Long distance travel (greater than 5 hours) is not recommended for four weeks following treatment. If air travel or long-distance travel is required shortly after treatment, it is important to discuss that with your doctor to pre-cautions can be arranged. No long-distance travel greater than 5 hours is recommended for 4 weeks. If this is necessary you are required to have an injection of Clexane. Domestic travel is okay usually but please ask your doctor.
This is a personal choice. Some patients like to schedule their treatment prior to an event. Though healing varies between patients, we recommend commencing treatment six months prior to any event for optimal results. The compression stockings are light weight and easily worn in summer or winter. We recommend you wear the stockings for 5 days after treatment.
This procedure is not covered by private health cover. You may be able to claim for general consumables depending on your health insurance policy and level of cover. As each person and treatment plan is different, we can’t give an exact price prior to an initial consultation. At the initial consultation, the doctor will perform a visual examination of both of your legs, discuss your symptoms and concerns, and perform an ultrasound on both legs. Then, the doctor will design a treatment plan suited to treat your venous disease and address your concerns. Pricing and scheduling will be discussed with one of our Patient Liaison Managers following the initial consultation.