What You Need to Know About Ultrasound- Guided Foam Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins
Posted on: December 6, 2018
If you are one of the many adults suffering from varicose veins, you may have resolved yourself to a lifetime of long pants and leg discomfort. These veins can cause more than just cosmetic concerns that range from leg pain, achiness, heaviness, swelling, and skin discoloration.
Luckily, varicose vein treatment is available to improve the discomfort in your legs. An extremely effective form of treatment is known as ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, and it may be exactly what you need to diminish varicose veins and get your legs feeling great again.
How Sclerotherapy Works
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is a non-invasive procedure that is performed in office to treat painful and abnormal varicose veins. Many times, problematic veins are twisted and numerous where ablation and microphlebectomy treatments are not suitable options.
The physicians at The Vein Institute are experts on utilizing ultrasound to inject a solution directly into problem veins. The solution irritates the inside of the vein causing them to close down, shrink, and be absorbed by the body over time. The procedure takes under an hour to perform and does not require general or local anesthetic.
Because ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is a safe outpatient procedure that does not require any incisions, patients are encouraged to be up and walking immediately after the procedure and throughout the day.
Compression stockings are worn for two weeks after ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy treatment. Heavy lifting, sun exposure, and long travel are also limited for two weeks to allow time for the varicose veins to heal.
Sclerotherapy is a reliable, safe technique to treat varicose veins with few side effects or complications. Some patients experience mild pain and tenderness over the treated veins, while others may have bruising or redness. These side effects resolve themselves over the course of a few weeks. This treatment option is a minimally invasive alternative to surgical treatment where the risks are low, but the rewards are high.
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The Vein Institute offers ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy and other varicose vein treatment options to help patients who have had enough of the discomfort caused by their veins.