TREAT BELOW-THE-SURFACE VEINS WITH ULTRASOUND-GUIDED SCLEROTHERAPY
Dr. Zimmet uses ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy for treatment of veins which can’t be seen because they are below the surface of the skin. He performs sclerotherapy on the vein while carefully monitoring it on an ultrasound screen. This treatment serves as a useful alternative to surgical stripping and endovenous ablation procedures.
How Does Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy Work?
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy works the same way that regular sclerotherapy works: Dr. Zimmet injects a “sclerosant” into the veins, which then shrink and gradually dissolve. The only difference is that the veins targeted with ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy are below the surface of the skin to reach accurately without a visual aid. Dr. Zimmet uses an ultrasound device to locate the veins and proceeds with the sclerotherapy.
Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy Results
Typically, between one and two treatments are required to obtain the desired results. Treatments are performed approximately four weeks apart.
- Treatments are completed in the office under local anesthesia.
- Treatments take about 20-30 minutes.
- After a procedure is completed, we ask you to walk on our treadmill for 15-20 minutes.
- We recommend aerobic activity, such as walking or biking, for about an hour per day for a week. We will also provide you with a compression stocking, to be worn for three to four days.
- Finally, avoid hot baths, heavy lifting and long travel for a week. Patients may resume any other normal daily activities.
Ideal Candidates for Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is used to treat poorly functioning veins beneath the surface of the skin. However, Dr. Zimmet evaluates each individual patient’s needs on a case-by-case basis.