Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy

This is a type of sclerotherapy in which ultrasound is used as a guiding mechanism during treatment.

Sclerotherapy is a treatment for varicose veins which involves the injection of a substance into the damaged veins which closes them and diverts the blood supply into healthy veins.

There is the standard sclerotherapy and the newer foam sclerotherapy.

Ultrasound sclerotherapy is not used on thread veins as these are too small to enable a substance – such as a liquid or foam - to be injected into them. Thread veins are usually treated with a laser.

Ultrasound is commonly used during pregnancy to check the progress of the developing baby. It uses sound waves as a means of creating images of an area of your body, e.g. veins, which are transmitted to an ultrasound machine and monitor screen.

These images enable the specialist to check the condition of your veins. This is where he/she can see if there are any blockages, faulty valves or other signs of damage within the veins.

It is also used to check that the liquid chemical or foam injected into the veins is moving freely and evenly throughout the veins. It is a useful means of checking if the injected substance has reached its target.

Whichever type of sclerotherapy treatment you have there is a good chance this will be ultrasound guided.

Guide to Varicose Veins

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