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Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

29 January 2009 One Comment


Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy for the Removal of Varicose Veins
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is the perfect option for people who want to get rid of their varicose veins quickly and painlessly. This treatment is very good at removing clusters of spider veins, specifically if they are interlinked with larger varicose veins. Varicose veins are larger veins that are dead and they usually are extremely painful.  There is a good possibility that ultrasound guided sclerotherapy will be able eliminate these veins and it is a much cheaper alternative to surgery.

The Procedure of Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is not used to treat very thin and tiny veins like spider veins. The reason for this is that the vein needs to be big enough to receive a solution that will be injected through the needle.

With ultrasound sclerotherapy, usually the treatment lasts between twenty minutes to an hour. This all depends on how big the vein(s) is. During the treatment, a sclerosing solution is injected into the affected veins using a very small needle. Once the vein gets the agent, then they will then get smaller and eventually collapse. The procedure is very simple and it is not painful. Many people have it done without any painkillers or anesthesia.
After the treatment, you will have to put on a compression hose for a short period of time, usually a few days. The reason for this is that it will prove a change from clumping or distending themselves. The doctor will also recommend that certain activities such as whirlpools, saunas, exercise and others not be done as they can affect the vascular and circulatory systems.

Difference between Ultrasound Sclerotherapy and Conventional Sclerotherapy

Ultrasound sclerotherapy is somewhat similar to regular sclerotherapy. The difference between the two is that the doctor will be able see the veins through the use of ultrasound and a monitor. The doctor will now have the ability to find veins that would not normally be seen and destroy them. This method is much safer for treating larger veins as the doctor will be able to do it through greater precision and accuracy.

Possible Ultrasound Sclerotherapy Problems

It is very rare to have complications associated with ultrasound sclerotherapy. Problems can arise as some people occasionally experience “matting”. Matting is where the veins clump together and create a more in-depth system of veins under the skin. Bruises and discolorations of the skin can occur at the site of the injection. There is a possibility that skin necrosis could occur if there is not enough blood flowing in the area.

Ultrasound Sclerotherapy Cost

The cost to have ultrasound sclerotherapy done can vary from $100 to $400 per session. Most people generally have two to six ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy treatments done every two months. The reason for this is that, multiple treatments may be needed to get the desired results. It should be noted that it will be more expensive to go to a plastic surgeon than a cosmetician.

One Comment »

  • Skin Spectrum said:

    Sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice for telangiectasias, or spider veins. Spider veins are small blood vessels on the surface of the skin that have become dilated and visible over time. This is an interesting solution however with Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

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