Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGS) is performed to close the deeper incompetent varicose veins that cannot be reached with the AP procedure. It is a form of injection therapy used to treat deep and diseased veins that are not easily visible through the surface of the skin.
This minimally invasive procedure utilizes an ultrasound machine to accurately locate the position of the diseased vein, and subsequently map out the tributary veins responsible for continued flow to the malfunctioning vessel. A sclerosant solution is then precisely injected into the diseased vein, which causes the vessel walls to collapse. The body will naturally close and absorb the vein over time.
Post UGS you may experience slight pain at the injection site as well as burning, itching, redness, bruising and swelling. These transient effects are known to dissipate within a few days to weeks after the procedure.
You are required to walk for 10 minutes before getting in your car to leave post UGS. A compression wrap will be applied over the treated area and worn for 72 hours. A UGS does not require fasting or stopping your medication.
This procedure takes 30 minutes.