Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy for Varicose and Spider Veins in Sydney
Nobody loves varicose veins and spider veins! Although these two conditions rarely raise medical concerns, chances are, if you have them, you hate them. On your face they can really be upsetting; and if they are on your legs, the last thing you want to do is parade them for the whole world to see. Either way, our patients usually want to be rid of them as soon as possible, and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is a great option.
Sclerotherapy and what it does
Sclerotherapy is a standard treatment for the removal of spider veins and varicose veins. During sclerotherapy, a solution—referred to as a sclerosant—is injected into the veins to make the walls of these unwanted blood vessels collapse. The remnants of these veins are then absorbed into the body, disappearing from view. Your face or legs will begin to look perfectly normal again.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Sydney
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment using an ultrasonic device to locate the exact positions of problematic veins, especially those that cannot be seen from the skins surface. Once the device accurately locates these veins, the sclerosant solution or foam is injected to make them collapse and disappear over time. The whole injection process is guided by ultrasound technology.
Ultrasound technology is also useful for finding out how the remaining tributary veins will continue the blood flow, replacing the malfunctioning veins that are to be removed by sclerotherapy. Echosclerotherapy is another term used for ultrasound guided sclerotherapy.
You can expect precise results from ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, because the treatment targets both the diseased vein and its feeder source.
Liquid and foam sclerosants
Although a liquid irritant is the most commonly used sclerosant, we often perform ultrasound guided sclerotherapy using foamed sclerosant solutions. These are especially effective with larger spider veins and varicose veins, as the foam sticks to the vein walls better than the liquid does. Foam sclerosant is particularly useful for treating long superficial leg veins and spider vein clusters that are resistant to liquid sclerosant solutions.
During your ultrasound guided sclerotherapy session
First, an ultrasonic device is used to locate the veins responsible for the engorged veins. Our doctor will map out how many sclerosant injections need to be administered into a vein and where they should go. This technology allows our doctor to select which veins must be injected and which veins should be left alone.
Once an injection is given, the solution begins to irritate the vein lining, causing the blood vessel walls to swell up, stick together and eventually collapse. You can expect the veins to completely disappear in two to four weeks time. For optimum results, you may need as many as four additional treatments. If it appears that you are likely to develop trouble spots in other veins, we recommend maintenance treatments to keep them under control.
A typical session of ultrasound guided sclerotherapy lasts from 30 minutes to an hour. The length depends on the severity of the veins needing treatment and the number of spots needing treatment.
After ultrasound guided sclerotherapy
It is normal to experience mild discomfort and a temporary stinging sensation at the injection sites. Some people also experience cramping after a session of ultrasound guided sclerotherapy.
Most of our patients get back to their normal activities with no downtime.
We recommend that our patients wear compression stockings after the treatment.
Posted on 15 Aug 2013