Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
When a larger spider vein cannot be easily seen with the naked eye, physicians will use ultrasound imaging tools to pinpoint the vein. This can happen when the veins or vein tributaries are hiding deeper in the leg. By applying a small amount of conductive gel above the area of concern, we can use a hand-held ultrasound transducer over the area. The ultrasound waves bounce back from the body’s internal structures including the veins. The result, Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy, is a highly detailed living picture of the veins and their functioning. The physician or physician assistant uses the image to help guide the injection of the sclerosing solution into the vein. Simply put, the ultrasound helps us ensure that the sclerosant is injected where its supposed to go.
What are the major benefits of sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy has been used in one form or another for over a century. New advancements, such as new compounds and ultrasounds, make modern sclerotherapy one of the most reliable treatments out there. This minimally invasive treatment uses local anesthesia, requires no downtime and is virtually painless.
Treating spider veins can improve your looks and your health so if you or someone you know is showing signs of varicose veins, do everyone a favor and call us for more information. You don’t have to live with aching, painful, swollen, or heavy legs.
After a sclerotherapy session, we encourage our patients to wear prescription-grade compression stockings for five to seven days. They should also avoid prolonged exposure to direct sun and UV light. Strenuous exercise should be skipped for several days. But don’t worry, we’ll go over all of this with you at the time of treatment. You’ll also have some literature to take with you.
Safety of Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Very few patients ever experience complications from sclerotherapy. Some may, however, notice slight changes to skin color. What is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can take place at the injection site. Temporary bruising and soreness are also possible.
In very rare instances, a patient can develop an allergic reaction to the sclerosing compound. In extremely rare cases, the complications can lead to a serious condition such as unintentional arterial injection or deep vein blood clots. Rest assured, these happen very rarely.
Again, we will cover all possible side effects and adverse complications verbally and in writing during your consultation.