Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) is a simple procedure that has many applications in the treatment of venous insufficiency. Virginia Vein Care doctors are experts and perform this non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure using the latest technology and techniques.
What Is Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy?
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting medication into selected enlarged blood vessels using ultrasound guidance. The medication injected is known as sclerosant. The most commonly used sclerosant medication is called polidocanol (Asclera™). It is the most commonly used sclerosant in the world and has been extensively used for over 50 years. The sclerosant causes the vein wall to collapse and blood is immediately rerouted through other veins. Eventually, the body absorbs the problem veins, and they are no longer visible.
Frequently, an emulsified form of the sclerosant is injected in a process known as ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy. The use of foam sclerotherapy is an ingenious, time-tested and safe way to effectively close larger abnormal veins. At Virginia Vein Care, we use a combination of sclerotherapy techniques to provide excellent clinical and cosmetic relief from abnormal and unsightly veins, regardless of their configuration or appearance.
There are many benefits to this procedure, including fast relief from symptoms and long-lasting results. Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is a truly minimally invasive procedure and is an invaluable part of our entirely minimally invasive approach to treating venous insufficiency.
Virginia Vein Care also utilizes Varithena™, a recently FDA-approved form of injectable foam sclerosant. Varithena is minimally invasive, non-surgical and a valuable adjunct in the treatment of venous insufficiency. If appropriate, your physician at Virginia Vein Care will discuss this form of sclerotherapy as part of your treatment plan.
What to Expect During Treatment
No anesthesia or special preparation is required before your ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy treatment. While observing the intended vein under ultrasound guidance, your physician will gently anesthetize the area before confirming placement of a small needle into the lumen of the vein. The injected sclerosant is then able to be tracked and directed during the procedure. The procedure is painless and takes no longer than five or ten minutes.
The doctor will massage the area after injecting the vein, and you will be asked to wear a compression hose and resume normal activities immediately following the procedure.
How Long Does an Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Treatment Take?
We allow approximately 30 minutes for the entire office visit, although sometimes it only takes a few minutes.
Is Sclerotherapy Right for Me?
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is one of many treatments for varicose veins. Discuss your unique situation with our vascular specialists to see which treatments are right for you.
The treatment may cause temporary bruising, redness or darkened skin. Advise your physician if you experience any of these issues.
Blood clots, air bubbles, or an allergic reaction are possible rare complications but are exceedingly uncommon. Sclerotherapy is a widely used, safe procedure that requires no anesthesia and is far less invasive than either surgery or phlebectomy.
Virginia Vein Care: Accredited and Experienced
At Virginia Vein Care we have among the most extensive experiences with ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. If you have legs that ache, swell, burn or cramp during the night, speak to the vascular experts at Virginia Vein Care at any of our offices in McLean, Virginia; Purcellville, Virginia; or Washington, D.C.