Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy for the Treatment of Varicose Veins
Allure Medical makes it easy to heal leg pain with less risk. If you are struggling with symptoms of venous insufficiency, we can help tailor an individualized vein treatment plan for your needs. Once you begin to experience any noted symptoms of vein disease listed below, the rate of disease progression is 4% every year if left untreated. Now is the time to take action against venous disorders. Start your journey to healthy legs today. Our vein specialists are experienced and care about ending vein disease for good.
Do You Have the Symptoms of Vein Disease?
- Visible leg veins
- Spider veins
- Heavy or aching legs
- Restless or itchy legs
- Leg throbbing
- Leg fatigue
- Heavy legs
- Venous ulcers
What is Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy?
One vein treatment option at Allure Medical is ultrasound guided sclerotherapy which is a specialized procedure that treats surface and branch varicosities, as well as larger veins. It works by closing malfunctioning veins from the inside.
Prior to treatment, an ultrasound maps veins in the legs, giving Allure Medical's experienced vein specialists a look at the precise size, area, and valves of each vein. From there, a sclerosant medication is directly injected into the veins, causing them to dissolve. Ultrasound guidance helps your vein specialist navigate through the treatment more accurately and identify the diseased veins that lay deeper in the leg. After the procedure, the vein tissue is then naturally absorbed by the body, and blood flow reroutes into healthy veins. This improves circulation and eliminates the root cause and symptoms of venous insufficiency.
A Quick Treatment: Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is used to treat moderate to severe vein disease. It is an outpatient procedure and usually takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish. Because it is non-invasive, you can expect limited discomfort, no scarring, and little to no side effects.
Once your vein treatment is completed, your vein specialist will place a bandage over the injection site, and you'll be able to resume your normal activities the same day, with little to no downtime. The quick turnaround of this procedure is a major benefit for patients suffering from venous insufficiency and is a great option for the treatment of varicose veins.
Large Varicose Veins Beneath the Surface
The difference between ultrasound guided sclerotherapy and conventional sclerotherapy is that with USGS, the vein specialist has a monitor focused on veins that cannot be seen with the ordinary eye. This means hidden veins beneath the surface of the skin can be discovered and eliminated with greater accuracy and precision. This vein treatment is also considered safer for treating very larger veins.
What to Expect from Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Following your ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, your treated veins will appear darker than normal. This effect usually disappears within a week and is normal. Generally, it takes about six to eight weeks for the appearance of varicose veins to vanish from sight for good. You may also experience minor bruising, swelling or for the treated area to feel a little sensitive for a few weeks.
To further aid in recovery, patients are encouraged to wear compression stockings to help with blood flow and circulation. It is also very important for patients to take at least three 20 minute walks a day while their legs are healing.
After Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Treatment
After completing ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, patients can enjoy their healthier, pain-free legs! At Allure Medical we often hear the question "Will my varicose veins come back?" The answer is the treated veins will not come back, but nothing can stop new veins from forming in the future. However, because our vein treatments are so thorough, any new veins tend to be less severe. Follow-up appointments are necessary to ensure the best possible outcome of ultrasound guided sclerotherapy.