Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
What is Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy?
When a vein cannot be seen because it is hidden beneath the skin, Dr. Kapusta may use ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. For these procedures, the sclerosant solution is injected into the abnormal vein after it is targeted using ultrasound imaging. Prior to entering to inject the sclerosant solution, in these procedures a detailed ultrasound examination is usually done first to provide a roadmap of sorts for the upcoming sclerotherapy.
What Does Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Target?
The procedure basically substitutes ultrasound imaging for the naked eye of Dr. Kapusta. With spider or varicose veins that are visible, it’s not difficult to see the targeted vein and deliver the sclerosant into the vein. When the vein is hidden beneath thicker skin, however, this isn’t possible. Ultrasound imaging is used to visualize the vein first, and then to guide the delivery of the sclerosant solution.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Procedure
An ultrasound examination maps the abnormal veins and helps identify the origin and course of the veins. Dr. Kapusta, using the ultrasound guidance is able to accurately guide the needle and precisely inject the abnormal veins. He is then able to visualize the progress via the ultrasound. Adjacent structures are identified and kept safe from injury. Sometimes the sclerosant solution is mixed with CO2 to create a foam and enhance the effectiveness.
After the procedure the patients are fitted with stockings and encouraged to walk. Patients are seen two weeks after the procedure and a repeat ultrasound is done to ensure the success of the treatment.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Patient Testimonial
“Could not be happier with the results I got at this clinic. Dr. Kapusta and his staff are wonderful. The process from evaluation to treatment is very efficient with ultrasound being done in the office by Dr. Kapusta and explained to you right there. I was very comfortable during my procedure and am loving my new legs! I highly recommend this clinic. “
What Are the Advantages of Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy?
Before ultrasound guidance was available, the only way to address abnormal veins that couldn’t be seen visually was through vein stripping, a surgical procedure where the skin is opened above the vein to access the vein. Obviously, this created a much more involved recovery and the overall procedure was more difficult. By using ultrasound guidance, the scope of sclerotherapy has expanded, dramatically lessening the use of vein stripping.
Ultrasound allows Dr. Kapusta to more accurately locate the veins that need treatment. It simply takes the guesswork out of the process.
What Happens During Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy?
Prior to targeting the vein or veins in your session, Dr. Kapusta will usually perform an ultrasound examination of the area. This gives him a good idea of the precise locations of the abnormal veins, as well as adjacent structures such as deep veins and arteries. It also gives him a better idea of what is creating the varicose veins.
The ultrasound energy is delivered through a hand-held wand over the treatment area. It broadcasts images to a video screen that Dr. Kapusta can view to guide him, providing precise accuracy for delivery of the sclerotherapy needle. Once he arrives at the correct vein, the sclerosant solution is injected. The sclerosant irritates the vein wall and the vein collapses. For larger veins, this process is repeated down the vein until it is completely closed and dramatically lessened in appearance. Any blood that was running through the vein is instantly re-routed to an adjacent, healthy vein. The body then scavenges the closed off vein over the new few weeks.
What Happens After Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy?
Recovery for Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy is no different than the recovery process for normal sclerotherapy. Most patients are able to return to normal activities the same days as their procedure. We advise our patients to use compression bandages around the area of treatment for several days. It is expected to experience some mild swelling and bruising for a few days following treatment.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are suffering from varicose or spider veins, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy may be a good treatment option for you. To find out more information, call (713) 349-8346 to schedule a consultation at Vein Center Houston