If unsightly spider veins or small varicose veins are causing you distress, one of the most effective treatments for removing them is sclerotherapy. Mark Schwartz, MD, FACS, RPVI, of North Shore Vein Center in Lake Success, New York, is a specialist in vein health who uses advanced ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy techniques to provide the highest standards of accuracy and success. Call North Shore Vein Center today to find out more.
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy (echo-sclerotherapy) is an in-office treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. It’s a technique in which Dr. Schwartz uses foam sclerotherapy under the guidance of ultrasound.
Surgical stripping is the traditional method of removing varicose veins. You need to have either a general anesthetic or a spinal anesthetic and a sedative for the procedure. The stripping involves extracting sections of varicose veins by pulling them through small incisions in the leg using a thin plastic wire.
Surgical stripping takes 60 to 90 minutes, and recovery can take around four weeks. In contrast, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy takes just a few minutes and requires hardly any downtime, so it’s ideal for treating veins as well.
Using ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is far less invasive and more comfortable for patients, achieving excellent results with minimal fuss.
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is a treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. In healthy veins, blood flows in one direction, back towards your heart. Valves in the veins, which are like a pair of small gates, prevent blood from flowing the wrong way.
When you have varicose veins or spider veins, the valves inside these veins no longer close, allowing blood to leak back the wrong way and cause distention of the vein. These distensions cause raised, tender coils to appear on your legs, which are varicose veins; or networks of tiny red, purple, or blue spider veins on your legs or face.
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is a procedure done in the office at North Shore Vein Center. During the procedure, Dr. Schwartz injects the foamed sclerosant into the vein using ultrasound technology. Ultrasound enables the accurate location of the desired vein and injection site.
The chemical solution in the foam irritates the lining of the blood vessel causing it to swell and stick together. Foam vein treatment is an extremely effective procedure that eliminates the exact source of varicose and spider veins, takes only minutes to perform, and is nearly painless.
The result is a more accurate, non-invasive treatment for the removal of unwanted veins.
If you have varicose or spider veins and are looking for a safe, minimally-invasive and effective treatment option, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy could well be the answer. Call North Shore Vein Center today to find out more.