Vein Treatments

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

If varicose veins cause you pain and discomfort, or if you simply want to treat them for aesthetic reasons, Ultrasound Guided Skle-ro-therapy is one of the highly specialised procedures you can have. Effective. Non-surgical. Walk-in, walk-out.

What is Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy?

Skle-ro-therapy is a medical treatment whereby a solution is injected into the abnormal veins. The solution irritates the inner lining of the vein wall, causing the abnormal vein to gently get absorbed by the body.

Over the last 12 to 15 years, ultrasound guidance has significantly improved this procedure. In the past, only visible veins could be treated. Now, due to the advanced ultrasound techniques, we can target the hidden veins or the “root” cause of the varicose veins. The treatment is now more efficient, and less recurrent.

The key advantage of Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) is that it thoroughly targets varicose veins from start to end, not just what’s protruding on the surface of the leg. This deeper approach can solve even the most complicated cases and it’s often paired with treatments such as the Endovenous Laser Ablation and Phlebectomy.

Ideal treatment for:

Varicose Veins:

If you suffer from varicose veins you are not alone, with more than 30% of Australians living with prominent, enlarged and often incredibly painful veins. Coloured blue, green or purple, varicose veins can cause swelling, cramps, itchiness and heaviness in the legs.Varicose vein sufferers often go for years without wearing shorts and skirts and dread wearing bathers in summer.

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How is Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy performed?

At first, we use duplex ultrasound to map out the affected areas. Next, under state-of-the-art ultrasound guidance, we inject with extreme accuracy the sclerosant that irritates the inner walls, causing them to harden and break down.

Depending on the severity, some veins might need more injections, along the entire length of the vein to ensure complete closure. For our patients’ peace of mind, the needles used are small and cause little to no discomfort. Therefore, this procedure is encouragingly safe, preventing any injury to nerves, deeper veins, and arteries.

Frequently asked questions

  • Pain & Aching in the legs and feet
  • Heavy legs and general tiredness
  • Burning & Itching of the skin
  • Cramping & restless legs are often a sign
  • Chronic swelling of the legs and feet.
Treatments are very effective. The foam ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy ensures a generous coverage and closure of most varicose veins. As it’s often used with Endovenous Laser Ablations and Phlebectomies, the success rate is remarkably high.

We are happy to let you know this is a walk-in, walk-out procedure. Therefore, right after the treatment, we will apply some protective stockings and you can instantly walk.

Within the first 24h, you might experience some heaviness, but it will settle over the next few days. Most patients can go straight back to work or any other daily activity. We recommend avoiding strenuous exercises for the first two weeks after treatment.

In general, one treatment per leg should be enough. A session takes 30 to 45 minutes. In very rare cases, a second treatment might be needed for significant varicose veins that go deep under the skin.

We use a local anaesthetic that blocks any sensations and eliminates pain. Some people could experience pinpoint cramping or a slight burning when the doctor injects the solution. Apart from this, ultrasound guided Sclerotherapy is not painful at all.

Possible side effects

It could happen straight after the procedure and even mild aching the same night. Still, most patients don’t take any medication. If it bothers them, a Paracetamol or Nurofen is all that’s needed.

This often happens a week after treatment, due to blood trapped where the varicose veins were. They are often tender to touch but slowly decrease in size on their own or when removed with a needle.
This usually occurs within the first few days after treatment. It could last for 3 weeks after but slowly fades on its own. No treatment is required.
This is a result of dead blood in the vein coming to the surface of the skin. It looks like a brownish patch, located where the vein used to be. It fades with time and does not persist past 12 months. Removal of trapped blood reduces it, but cannot prevent it.

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