Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

is a procedure used to treat medium to large varicose veins. Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy represents a major advancement in vein treatment because the ultrasound technology enables doctors to visualize deep-seated dilated veins that are not visible in their entire length on the skin’s surface.

How It’s Done

During ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, duplex ultrasound technology is used to locate diseased veins that are hidden from view. Veins that cannot be seen with the ordinary eye can be visualized on an external monitor during ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. An experienced technician maps out the veins to determine precisely which veins need injections and which veins are best left alone.

Using duplex ultrasound, doctors can determine how many injections are required. The sclerosant solution is injected directly into the vein and irritates the lining of the vein, causing the vein to close and shrink. Eventually, the vein disappears altogether.

Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is particularly advantageous for those who have already undergone varicose vein surgery once and have recurring veins. Using ultrasound, the doctor can pinpoint the exact cause of the recurring veins.

Treatment with ultrasound guided sclerotherapy helps to avert complications such as blood clots, leg ulcers, and dermatitis, in addition to relieving bothersome symptoms like aching, swelling, and tiredness. The success of treatment depends on how well backward flow points are controlled.

Candidates for Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

You are a candidate for ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy if you are in good health and have unsightly spider veins or varicose veins that cause bothersome symptoms. Furthermore, you must have realistic expectations and not anticipate overnight results. In fact, the veins may look worse immediately following treatment. Most large veins look dark and lumpy after treatment, but these side effects usually fade within a week of treatment. Typically, it takes several months to see the final results of the procedures.

Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is not a cure for vein problems. Although this procedure can permanently remove the veins that are treated, new veins cannot be prevented from appearing in the same area over time. After the Procedure Immediately after the procedure, patients are asked to wear compression stockings to keep the veins compressed and to prevent bruising. Normal daily activities can be resumed immediately, but high-impact aerobic exercise should be avoided. Side Effects of Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy As with any procedure, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy may cause side effects, but overall, the procedure is very safe. Complications are relatively rare, but can include discoloration, bruising, and skin necrosis (death of tissue). To prevent complications from arising after the procedure, patients are encouraged to follow the doctor’s post-op recommendations as closely as possible.

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  • Juanita W.

    Dr. Ballesteros is always wonderful, including all the staff. Wouldn’t trust anyone but him with my varicose veins, he knows what he is doing. I have had bad experiences in the past with a vein doctor who didn’t know what he was doing. I highly recommend Dr. Ballesteros for anyone with vein issues.

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  • Jim L.

    Today I had Endovenous Ablation performed on my right leg. I was nervous about the procedure simply due to fear of the unknow. Dr. Ballesteros and his staff did an excellent job of explaining all the steps in the process and assured me that there would be very little pain. THERE WAS NO PAIN! Dr. Ballesteros talked to me throughout the procedure to make sure I was comfortable and to let me know what he was doing the whole time he was working on my leg. Dr. Ballesteros and ALL of his staff are amazing professionals and I am looking forward to having the treatment preformed on my left leg next week.

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    Dr. Ballesteros and his staff have all been so nice and professional from day one. I had no idea what to expect and they have made me feel at ease throughout my whole process.

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    Great service. Went and got some treatments done on my leg and the techs there were super friendly and helpful. Great place to fix your veins.

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