Sclerotherapy for Spider Vessels, Dilated Reticular Veins and Varicose Veins
Sclerotherapy is a common, safe and effective treatment option for the removal of blood vessels of all sizes, from 1mm spider vessels to the blue reticular veins of 5mm and larger varicose veins on the legs.
How is Sclerotherapy Performed?
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a small amount of a specific solution into the diseased vein using a very fine needle directly. These solutions damage the inside walls of the diseased vein and cause it to seal shut. The treated vein is then reabsorbed by the body over the following 2 to 3 months. Different sclerosing solutions (the solution injected into the diseased vein) are used for different sized vessels.
Advantages of Sclerotherapy
- Quick relief of symptoms
- No downtime
- Minimal risk of side effects
- Minimally invasive with no scarring
- Long lasting results
The advent and subsequent advances of foam sclerotherapy over the last 10 to 15 years have dramatically increased the size of vessel that can be safely and effectively treated. Foam sclerotherapy involves the addition of air to the sclerosing solution so that a larger surface area of the damaged vessel can be treated while using less medication.
Sclerotherapy requires no anesthesia and is performed quickly from within the doctor’s office. The number of treatments required depends on the number of vessels and the size of the vessels that need to be treated, but usually range from 2 to 4. There is no downtime for the patient associated with Sclerotherapy. However, as with any vein treatment, the patient is required to wear compression stockings for a fixed period of time post treatment to help ensure effective results.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) with Foam
Foam Sclerotherapy, performed under the guidance of ultrasound, is often used to treat larger varicose veins safely and effectively. 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 diseased vein using ultrasound technology to precisely locate the desired vein and most effective injection site. By injecting this medication into the vein, it will shrink down in size. Patients will notice relief in physical symptoms associated with the diseased vein after treatment, and the vein will no longer be noticeable under the skin.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) with foam is a safer and more comfortable alternative to surgical stripping to treat varicose veins. This reduces the health risks associated with blood pooling in the varicose veins and the appearance of the veins. This treatment is faster and less invasive that surgery and offers little or no downtime or discomfort.