Varicose veins affect 3 in 10 adults throughout the United States, with most of them women. These types of veins often appear on the legs, feet, and calves and are often caused by early warning signs of venous insufficiency. Besides their unattractiveness, varicose veins can cause the legs to feel heavy, create swollen feet and ankles, and lead to muscle cramps and color changes in the skin. At Vein Center of North Texas, our specialists can provide ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, a new method of treating surface-level varicose veins with the help of ultrasound.
How Is Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy Performed?
Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy uses ultrasound guidance to treat perforated, painful varicose veins. The ultrasound guidance machine allows our specialists to track areas of varicose veins, allowing us to provide more accurate results. Once the varicose veins are detected, a small needle is inserted directly into the vein, and a foaming chemical solution works to destroy the varicose vein lining, causing the vein to swell, stick together, and reduce in size gradually. This type of scelerotherapy procedure takes about 15 minutes to complete, and multiple sessions are used two weeks apart to provide safe, effective means of reducing varicose veins.
After the procedure, our specialists will provide bandages and compression socks to be worn during recovery. Some soreness, tenderness, and bumps may be experienced under the surface of the skin, and one week after your treatment, we will perform an evaluation to track the effectiveness of the treatment. Our physicians will also recommend other instructions, such as 30-minute walks to promote blood flow to the extremities and elevate the legs for pain relief.
Is Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy Right For Me?
At Vein Center of North Texas, our specialists will work with you to provide a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses your symptoms, conditions, and overall health regarding your varicose veins. Our physicians may recommend conservative measures first, including compression socks and exercise, as a way to address the issues firsthand without needing advanced treatment. However, if conservative measures are unable to provide pain relief, then our specialists can provide other forms of treatment for your varicose veins, including:
- Vein Stripping: For drastic removal of varicose veins, vein stripping involves surgically removing and destroying veins that cannot be addressed on a superficial level.
- EVLT Treatment: EVLT treatment works to remove varicose veins through laser heat instead of injectable foam to reduce and remove the signs of varicose veins.
- Ambulatory Microphlebectomy: This treatment option removes superficial veins, asymptomatic varicose veins, and symptomatic varicose veins by surgically removing them through microscopic incisions.
- Varithena Varicose Treatment: Varithena works with a specific injectable foam to reduce and remove varicose veins without needing surgery or incisions.
All of these vein treatment options are available at Vein Center of North Texas, and under the guidance of our specialists, we will work with you to find the most effective treatment for treating your vein conditions. For more information, call our vein center today to schedule an appointment and meet our team of vein specialists ready to help you.