Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is an injection of a medical solution into varicose and spider veins leading to collapse and subsequent reabsorption of the veins. You can use this procedure for spider veins, called cosmetic sclerotherapy, or for larger veins. To treat larger veins, we use ultrasound to guide us as we inject sequential locations along the veins. The injected medication has been formulated to appear as a white color under ultrasound, which allows us to identify the proper injection of the sclerotherapy into targeted veins.

If you suffer from spider or varicose veins, you may be a good candidate for ultrasound guided sclerotherapy in St. George, UT. This technique can help many patients feel more comfortable in their own skin. However, you may want to learn more about the treatment before deciding if it is right for you. It’s in your best interest to learn more about sclerotherapy, how it works, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy side effects, and your sclerotherapy options in Utah. Here are some of the most common questions we hear about ultrasound guided sclerotherapy at Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center.

How Does Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Work?

During sclerotherapy, sclerotherapy agents work by irritating the inner lining (endothelium) of the vein. This disrupts the cell membrane, which leads to the collapse of the vein. Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy works most effectively if the solution continues to adhere to the wall of the vein.

How Long Is the Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Procedure?

At the Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular, ultrasound sclerotherapy is an outpatient in-office treatment, as no anesthesia is needed. The procedure is quick and generally finished between 20 and 60 minutes.

How Safe Is the Ultrasound Sclerotherapy Procedure?

Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy varicose veins procedures are much less invasive compared to other processes. Standard surgical procedures to remove varicose veins are often more invasive. Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is a safe and effective procedure. This method has been used for decades and has proven to be extremely effective in treating spider veins and varicose veins. Additionally, allergic reactions to ultrasound sclerotherapy are extremely rare in patients.

“Dr. Jones and his staff are outstanding in every way. Everyone functions as a cooperating team under the guidance and direction of Dr. Jones. It is evident that the entire staff is extremely knowledgeable, proficient, caring and happy to be there. I had complex vein problems and needed three sessions to alleviate the issues in my lower legs. Dr. Jones and staff explained the process and the importance of following through. The results are amazing. My pain and swelling are gone. My overall health and energy level have greatly improved since the treatments. Thank you Dr. Jones and team.”

—Ed P.

What Are the Side Effects of Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy?

Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy side effects often include red, inflamed, or irritated veins over the first couple of days after the procedure. These are common side effects as the sclerotherapy takes effect in the veins. The veins can also bruise, swell, or get a brown/bruised pigment. These symptoms can take up to several weeks or months to resolve; however, these ultrasound guided sclerotherapy side effects are nothing to worry about and will often go away on their own without requiring any further treatments.

Do You Have to Wear Compression Stockings after the Therapy Treatment?

During recovery, we ask that all our patients wear compression socks for a full week after the procedure. Wearing compression socks or stockings helps compress veins, which improves the binding of the medication. This increases the success of the treatment and prevents blood clots.

What Does Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Recovery Look Like?

Patients can return to normal activities the same day as the procedure. Many patients are even comfortable driving home after the treatment. If there are any side effects like discomfort or pain, you can combat them with ibuprofen.

What Should I Expect for Post-treatment Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Care?

After undergoing ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, most patients will need time to recover. Generally, most patients need two or more sessions of sclerotherapy to achieve optimal results. You may also be asked to briefly walk each day and elevate your legs to help ensure your post-treatment recovery.

“Everything about the staff here was absolutely GREAT. I've had vein problems for 40 Years and they have done everything they said they would ...above and beyond in my opnion. THANKS TO YOU ALL !”

—Gene M.

Why Choose Heart of Dixie for Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy?

When you need sclerotherapy treatment, choose the best professionals to treat your varicose or spider veins. Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is an important adjunct to treat varicosities and tributaries of the saphenous veins where catheters and guidewires cannot reach to ablate or seal incompetent veins. At Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center, all our providers are professional and extremely experienced with ultrasound guided sclerotherapy for varicose veins. Additionally, when you choose to have our staff perform the cosmetic sclerotherapy procedure, we never use hypertonic saline, an agent for sclerotherapy that causes a painful sensation as it is injected. Instead, we use a formula called Polidocanol. Polidocanol is not only more effective for ultrasound sclerotherapy, but you’ll have minimal side effects to the treatment and less pain when compared to hypertonic saline. If you’re still unsure about our treatment, read our sclerotherapy reviews and other testimonials from our satisfied patients.

If you’d like more information about ultrasound sclerotherapy or would like to discuss your options with one of our providers, we’re always happy to help. Come visit our friendly experts to give you the sclerotherapy care that you deserve. Call or contact us today to learn more about our ultrasound guided sclerotherapy treatments!

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