Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy with Foam

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Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy with Foam

The treatment required for treating venous disorders depends on the type of venous problem and the patient. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy with foam is one treatment for varicose veins. Often ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy with foam is performed in addition to an endovenous ablation procedure to improve results.

Foam sclerosant somewhat resembles shaving cream, and re-liquifies after a few minutes. When the foam is injected into a vein, it displaces the blood and stays inside the lining of the vessel longer than liquid sclerosant. It is very effective for closing small to medium sized varicose veins.

Bulging, unsightly and discolored veins are treated within seconds of the injection, and typically close permanently with foam sclerotherapy. These veins are absorbed by the body and will disappear over time. A compression bandage or stocking is placed directly after treatment to ensure optimal results. Compression stockings are advised to be worn for at least two weeks following treatment.

Advantages of Sclerotherapy:

  • Quick relief from symptoms
  • No downtime with minimal risk of side effects
  • Minimally invasive with no scarring
  • Long-lasting results

Foam sclerotherapy, performed under the guidance of ultrasound, is often used to treat varicose veins near the skin’s surface. A non-surgical, minimally-invasive technique, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy with foam is designed to close varicose veins causing the problem vein to shrink or possibly disappear.

During the procedure, medication is injected into the vein using ultrasound technology to locate the desired vein and injection site. By injecting this medication into the vein, it will shrink down in size. Often patients will notice a relief in physical symptoms after treatment and the vein will no longer be noticeable under the skin.

Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy with foam is a safer and more comfortable alternative to surgical stripping to treat varicose veins. This both improves the appearance of the veins and reduces the health risks associated with blood pooling. Treatment is faster and much less invasive than surgery and offers little to no downtime or discomfort.

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