Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy provides a safe and effective way to treat unsightly varicose veins. At Goldman Vein Institute in Jupiter and Wellington, Florida, board-certified vein and vascular specialists Saluja Varghese-Goldman, MD, RVT, RPVI, Alexander Goldman, MD, RVT, RPVI, and the caring team performs ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy using an FDA-approved foam sclerosant. Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy can help if you have venous insufficiency or another vein-related issue caused by varicose veins. Schedule an appointment by calling the nearest office or booking online today.
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure used to safely eradicate varicose veins that exist deep beneath the surface of your skin.
During treatment, your Goldman Vein Institute provider injects a foam sclerosant solution into one or more visible varicose veins. The solution damages the vein walls and causes them to collapse. Your blood reroutes to healthier veins while your treated veins dissolve and fade away.
At Goldman Vein Institute, the team uses ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy to treat spider veins and varicose veins. Sclerotherapy can treat other vein-related issues as well, including malformed lymph vessels, hemorrhoids, and hydroceles.
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is different from traditional sclerotherapy in that it uses advanced duplex ultrasound technology. Prior to sclerotherapy, your Goldman Vein Institute provider conducts a thorough duplex ultrasound exam. This process creates a highly detailed map of your lower leg veins.
This information helps your provider determine the underlying cause of your varicose veins. It also provides a guide for treatment. Following your ultrasound exam, you lie down on your back and slightly elevate your legs. Next, your provider uses the ultrasound images to guide your injections.
Your provider carefully injects the foam sclerosant into each of your veins. Next, they use the ultrasound imaging to monitor the effects of each injection. When compared to traditional liquid sclerosant, foam is much more visible.
An ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy appointment usually takes 30-45 minutes. Following your procedure, you put on a pair of compression stockings and take a 40-minute walk. This process ensures your blood fully circulates into the treated veins.
After your walk, your Goldman Vein Institute provider sends you home with a list of recovery instructions. To achieve the best possible results, take any medications as prescribed, and attend all of your follow-up appointments.
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is safe and well-tolerated, but it does present side effects. Following your appointment, it’s perfectly normal to experience mild discomfort, bruising, or tender lumps near the injection sites.
Other common side effects of ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy include pigmentation changes, matting, and phlebitis. You can minimize these and other treatment risks by wearing your compression stockings and taking ibuprofen.
Don’t let varicose veins prevent you from living confidently. To schedule an ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy appointment at Goldman Vein Institute, call the office nearest you or book online today.