When varicose or spider veins develop, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy can provide quick and precise treatment. Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy utilizes ultrasound technology to both diagnose the issues before and guide doctors during sclerotherapy. Venous insufficiency often occurs later in life primarily due to heredity, but can also be caused by obesity, pregnancy and prolonged sitting or standing. In order to prevent further complications, contact a vein specialist at the onset of venous insufficiency symptoms.
What Causes Venous Insufficiency?
Venous insufficiency develops when the valves that normally pump blood up the legs begin to fail, creating bulging, twisting varicose veins and unsightly spider veins. Veins are responsible for transporting oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart after it has been stripped of its nutrients. Veins have to flow against the force of gravity and utilize valves to prevent blood from flowing backward. As the body ages, veins begin to stretch and valves begin to weaken, leaving the veins open to backflow.
Trapped blood accumulates in the lower legs and creates the varicose and spider veins responsible for common uncomfortable symptoms, like restless legs, skin eczema, a feeling of heaviness, itching, swelling and even varicose ulcers. If you have begun to experience any of these symptoms or have noticed the presence of unsightly veins just below the surface of your skin, then schedule a consultation with us to discuss if you are a candidate for ultrasound guided sclerotherapy.
How Is Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Better?
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure that treats venous insufficiency by injecting sclerosant into the targeted veins, eliminating venous insufficiency and redirecting blood flow. The sclerosant irritates veins, causing them to restrict and collapse. Blood flow is then naturally and safely redirected into deeper veins that are out of sight, while the collapsed veins are gradually absorbed by the body over the span of three to six months.
When treating venous insufficiency, doctors can only accurately target veins that are visible on the surface of the skin, leaving the deeper veins responsible for the root cause of the venous insufficiency untreated. By using ultrasound, doctors are able to diagnose the issue before the procedure. A plan can then be created to provide optimal results. Ultrasound is also used during the procedure to identify the veins and guide precise injection of the sclerosant.
About the Procedure
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy lasts about 30 minutes to one hour and has mild side effects. Patients are able to walk immediately following the procedure. Tight bandages are used to keep the veins compressed immediately following sclerotherapy and your doctor may advise you to wear compression stockings for a short period of time. Walking every day for at least 10 minutes will facilitate recovery and promote healthier veins. You may experience some skin discoloration around the treated areas, but this tends to fade within 12 months. Itching, bruising and mild pain are also common side effects of the treatment.
If you are experiencing symptoms of venous insufficiency and are interested in ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, contact Carolina Vein Associates to schedule your consultation. With an expert team of doctors and offices in Mooresville, Lake Norman and Charlotte, we are ready to provide you with the care you deserve. Call us today at (704) 684-4511.