Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy QLD
Sclerotherapy has been a routine medical vein procedure since the 1960s and is particularly popular in Europe.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) has been practised extensively and with fantastic results over the past few decades. Over that time, practitioners have come to understand the procedure to a greater degree, and techniques have been refined to allow safer and more effective treatment for patients who suffer from varicose veins. UGS uses special ultrasound equipment to guide injections of sclerosant, which closes the abnormal varicose vein by washing away the lining of the vein allowing the two walls to stick together. This dramatically reduces the size and appearance of the varicose vein. It can be used for visible varicose veins and for spider veins or thread veins. This technology can be used to inject the part of the varicose vein that is not visible on the surface, which has led to the ability to close veins permanently. Results have shown that there is a reasonably high success rate with one treatment, some patients requiring repeat treatments at a later date.
Advantages of ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy
- No time off work
- No anaesthesia (the procedure is virtually painless)
- No surgery
- No scars or stitches
- Patients can continue normal daily activities other than avoiding straining for 3 – 4 weeks
- Lower cost than surgery
How long does treatment take?
UGS treatments are generally quick and virtually painless. It will usually take about 30 minutes and you should be able to return to work the following day. This differs from case to case, so discuss this with Dr Hugo Pin. It is also very important that you walk for approximately half an hour every day following the treatment, as this will reduce the pressure in the veins and reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis.
Does UGS provide long term results?
Over the time it has been practiced, UGS has shown a very high success rate if performed properly by an experience practitioner. Once treated appropriately, the veins cannot come back as they fibrose and are broken down by your body. However, this does not stop the development of new varicose veins, which can be affected by factors like heredity, environmental circumstances and hormones.
How long will it take for the veins to disappear?
The Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy will start working to close down the vein immediately after treatment, which does cause the vein to look somewhat worse to start off with, however it can take some time for the body to properly break down the treated veins completely. Depending on the case, it can take anywhere between 2 and 12 months for the veins to disappear completely.
Cost of treatment
Patients generally require 2 sessions per leg. The cost per session varies between $650 and $950.