Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy can help to treat spider and varicose veins in Boca Raton
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment method for removing spider and varicose veins from the legs. Dr. Schoenhaus offers ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy in Boca Raton.
What is Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy?
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is considered the top treatment method for removing minor varicose veins and spider veins from the legs. Unlike laser vein treatment, sclerotherapy uses a saline solution to collapse the unsightly veins.
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy offers treatment for veins that are not visible on the surface of the skin. These deep veins sometimes cause discoloration of surface blood vessels, and treating those superficial veins is often not enough to correct the appearance of spider and varicose veins.
Ultrasound increases the accuracy of sclerotherapy and makes it possible for Dr. Schoenhaus to offer more effective treatment for varicose veins.
What to Expect During Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical outpatient procedure that is generally done in the doctor’s office. No incisions or anesthesia are required for the procedure.
During the procedure, you will be asked to lay on your back with legs elevated. Using the ultrasound, Dr. Schoenhaus will locate the deep veins that are causing the discoloration to develop on the skin. A saline solution is then injected into the targeted vein. This solution causes the vein to swell and block blood flow as it scars. Over time, the vein will disappear entirely.
Treatment sessions generally last approximately one hour. For complete removal of the problem veins, several treatment sessions may be necessary, but this depends on the severity of the varicose and spider veins.
Patients are encouraged to begin walking soon after the procedure to reduce the risk of blood clots. You will also be asked to wear compression stockings to aid with circulation for about three weeks after the sclerotherapy session.
Following ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, it is wise to avoid contact with the sun and to refrain from intense physical activity until cleared to do so by Dr. Schoenhaus.