Pros and Cons of Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

When it comes to varicose vein treatments, you have a number of options. Looking at the variety of treatments available, it might be difficult to determine whether one, such as ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, is better than another. Your vein doctor can recommend the ideal treatment for your veins, based on their size and where they are located. In the meantime, it can help to take a close look at a treatment and to get a sense of what its pros and cons are. 

Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy: Benefits and Drawbacks

Benefit: Can Treat Veins Located Deep Below the Surface of the Skin

Perhaps the biggest benefit of sclerotherapy using ultrasound is that it is able to treat veins that are well below the surface of the skin. Typically, sclerotherapy involves injecting surface level spider veins with a foam or chemical that causes them to collapse. It can be difficult for a doctor to reach deeper veins, since they can’t be seen. The use of ultrasound imaging allows a doctor to detect and treat those veins. Additionally, ultrasound assisted sclerotherapy is able to treat larger varicose veins than traditional sclerotherapy.

Benefit: Treatment Doesn’t Take that Long

Another benefit of the treatment is that it’s a relatively quick procedure. It all depends on the size of the area being treated, but most treatments take an hour or less. The recovery after the treatment is also pretty short. You might be back on your feet and back to your regular activities just a few hours after treatment or by the next day.

Benefit: Less Invasive Than Other Methods

One more benefit of sclerotherapy using ultrasound: it’s less invasive that surgical options. Since the doctor is able to see beneath the skin with the aid of the ultrasound, he doesn’t need to make deep incisions, which need time to heal. The treatment can also be performed using a local anesthetic and/or a sedative, instead of general anesthesia, which would be needed if a surgical varicose vein treatment were performed.

Drawback: You Might Need a Series of Treatments

One disadvantage of the treatment is that it might actually require a series of treatment. You might notice some improvement after the first treatment, but you might need two or three before you get the full results you want.

Drawback: There are Some Risks

Every varicose vein treatment has some risk for complications, including ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. You might have some irritation at the treatment site, for example, or swelling and bruising for some time afterwards. Although there are some risks involved, many patients are able to successfully have treatment without any issues. It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about the potential for complications and what you can do to minimize them.

If you’re ready to consider ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy or another type of vein treatment, contact Columbus Vein Center to schedule a consultation today.