ULTRASOUND GUIDED SCLEROTHERAPY
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy is a modality for treating perforators and painful, large varicose veins. The injection therapy, using a small needle, is inserted directly into the vein with ultrasound guidance. There is minimal pain on injection. A foaming solution technique (Foam Therapy), with FDA approved sodium tetradecyl or polidocanol is used. The chemical solution irritates the lining of the vessel causing it to swell and stick together. Ultrasound guidance is a procedure done in the office. Milder solutions are used for spider veins including Glycerin.
Recovery after treatment is fairly quick. You will wear stockings and walk on the treadmill in our office for about 20-30 minutes. The result is a more accurate, non-invasive treatment that will relieve your symptoms.
SPIDER VEIN TREATMENT
Injection Sclerotherapy remains the treatment of choice today for spider veins and small varicose veins. The technique has been used for more than fifty years. The smallest of needles is inserted directly into the vein. There is minimal pain on injection. The colored (red, blue) appearance of the veins will fade or disappear. The treated veins are wrapped with an ace (cotton, sponge, and/or coban) or a compression hose is applied.
Advancements in sclerotherapy include the use of technology to guide the injection of the solution into the veins. These include ultrasound guided, techniques and infrared technology.