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. This procedure can be done for spider veins, called cosmetic sclerotherapy, or it can be used to treat the larger veins in which 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 or 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?

Ultrasound sclerotherapy can be done as an outpatient in-office as no anesthesia is needed. The procedure doesn’t take too long and is generally finished between 20 and 60 minutes.

How safe is the ultrasound sclerotherapy procedure?

Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy varicose veins procedures are much less invasive procedures when 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.

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 is taking effect in the veins. The veins can also bruise or swell, and a brown/bruised pigment can appear. 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 to 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 will need two or more sessions of sclerotherapy to achieve optimal results. You may also be asked to briefly walk each day and to elevate your legs to help ensure your post-treatment recovery.

Why come to 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 of our providers are professional and extremely experienced with ultrasound guided sclerotherapy for varicose veins. Additionally, when you choose to have another provider perform the cosmetic sclerotherapy procedure, they may use hypertonic saline as an agent for sclerotherapy that causes a painful sensation as it is injected. At Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center, 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 trusting our experts, read our sclerotherapy reviews and other testimonials from our satisfied patients.

If you’d like more information on 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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