What Is Echosclerotherapy?
Echosclerotherapy is an ultrasound guided injection technique for the treatment of larger veins, which would not respond well to ordinary sclerotherapy. Its purpose is to close larger veins at the site of origin. The intent of the treatment is to replace the need for surgery. Although the percentage rate of success is high, (up to 80%) in some cases patients may require surgical intervention. The medication is compressed and turned into foam before injection. By doing this, the medication can be seen on the ultrasound and guided. Therefore, less medication is required reducing side effects. There is no “down time” following this procedure. Please be sure to book a three-week follow-up after microfoam echosclerotherapy.
What Can I Expect During the Treatment?
The actual procedure takes 10 – 15 minutes not counting preparation and post procedure instructions. We use a hydraulic bed for the correct positioning. Once the correct vein has been located using the ultrasound, a small amount of local anaesthetic will be put under your skin using a fine needle and a small catheter will be introduced into the offending saphenous veins. (The procedure is usually painless). The correct location will be tested visually, by sound and with a small amount of diluted iodine solution. Once the correct position is assured, the foam sclerosant will be introduced into the vein and guided to the junction of the vein.
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