Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy

In this method, the physician administering this treatment uses ultrasonongraphy to guide the placement of a needle into the vein being treated. A type of medicine called sclerosant is made into a foam and injected into the problem vein where it initiates a reaction that results in vein closure. Blood is then naturally rerouted through healthier veins while the body reabsorbs the closed vein.

What should you expect from treatment?

Sclerotherapy costs less than surgery, requires no hospital stay, and allows a quicker return to work and normal activities. Sclerotherapy generally does not require any recovery period. You will be able to walk immediately after the treatment, but you should take it easy for a day or two. Bed rest is not recommended, but you may need to avoid strenuous exercise for a few days after sclerotherapy. Avoid exposing your legs to the sun for the first 2 weeks after the procedure. You will probably have to wear compression stockings for a short time after having sclerotherapy.

What kind of results are achieved?

Sclerotherapy can reduce symptoms and improve the look of the skin. It works in about 80 out of 100 people who have the procedure.

What should you do going forward or post-treatment to ensure vein health?

Exercising, maintaining a healthy body weight and not spending long periods sitting or standing can help ensure vein health. Also check in with your doctor if you notice new veins or you condition not improving. Veins that do not close are treated again.