Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

This procedure uses an FDA-approved substance and takes just 15 minutes to complete.

Using ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, we are able to treat chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) by injecting a foam-like solution that shuts down the vein.

What Happens During Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy?

Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy uses a medication to ablate or shut down the diseased vein. When this happens, your body will naturally reroute the blood to nearby healthy veins, allowing normal blood flow to resume.

While performing the procedure, we will use ultrasound guidance to localize the vein and inject the solution into the exact area we need. Under our close supervision, the agent emulsifies, and the entire procedure is complete in just 15 minutes. We perform the procedure using local anesthesia.

You will be able to resume normal activities immediately following the procedure. We ask that you wear compression stockings for one week to help your body establish its new blood flow pattern.

What Is Recovery Like with Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy?

We encourage our patients to resume light activity immediately following the procedure. For at least one week afterward, we recommend abstaining from strenuous activity such as weightlifting. We also ask that you be mindful of standing still for long periods of time in the week following the procedure. To help encourage healthy blood flow, we recommend walking for at least 30 minutes a day initially.

Is Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy Right for Me?

We generally recommend ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy for patients with diseased veins that are too close to the surface for a procedure like endovenous radiofrequency ablation. One of our vein specialists will be able to determine your best course of action during your initial consultation. If we decide that sclerotherapy is right for you, our interventional radiologist can answer any questions or concerns you have.

Are There Risks and Side Effects with Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy?

While certain risks and side effects are possible with any medical procedure, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy has minimal side effects. They include:

  • Mild pain
  • Inflammation