Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
In ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, the physician administering this treatment uses ultrasonography (high-energy sound waves that helps the doctor see tissues and organs inside the body) to guide the placement of a needle into the vein that's being treated. A type of medicine called a sclerosant is made into a foam and then injected into the problem vein, initiating a reaction that results in vein closure. Blood is then naturally rerouted through healthier veins while the body reabsorbs the closed vein.
When is ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy used?
Non-surgical, minimally-invasive, and fast, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy eliminates varicose veins close to the skin's surface. In addition to being an excellent cosmetic option for unsightly varicose veins, this procedure effectively gets rid of the physical symptoms of vein disease, such as aches, pains, and fatigue.
What can I expect after ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy?
This method of sclerotherapy is safe, cost-effective, requires no hospital stay, and allows you to return to work and normal activities quicker than most treatments. Sclerotherapy generally doesn't require any recovery period, and you can walk immediately after the treatment. However, we advise you to take it easy for at least a day or two. Bed rest isn't 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 two weeks after the procedure. Expect to wear compression stockings for a short time after your treatment.
What are the results of ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy?
The procedure provides excellent and immediate cosmetic results, improves the look of the skin, and relieves physical symptoms like aches and fatigue. The body gradually absorbs the collapsed vein over a few weeks, rerouting blood flow to healthy veins. According to an NIH study, in 87 percent of all legs treated, complete elimination of both varicose veins and all reflux points was achieved.
What should I do after my ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy to ensure vein health?
Exercising, maintaining a healthy body weight, and avoiding prolonged periods of sitting or standing will help ensure your vein health following ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy.