Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
Rosen Vein Care
David Ian Rosen, MD
Vein Specialist located in Chicago, IL
If you’re one of the 35% of adults who have varicose veins, chances are you want them removed to improve your appearance. But there’s also an essential medical reason to treat varicose veins, as they can lead to pain, swelling, and other complications. As a vein specialist, David Rosen, MD, at Rosen Vein Care in Chicago, Illinois, offers several varicose vein treatment options that produce exceptional results and permanently eliminate your unsightly veins. To learn about your treatment options, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy Q & A
What is ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy?
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure that treats varicose veins.
Like traditional sclerotherapy, this treatment eliminates small varicose veins near the surface of the skin. For large, deep varicose veins, Dr. Rosen may recommend endovenous laser ablation.
Why would I need ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy?
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is a safe and effective treatment that quickly resolves cosmetic concerns of varicose veins. This procedure also relieves uncomfortable symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, like aches, pains, and fatigue in the legs.
How does ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy work?
During ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, Dr. Rosen uses ultrasound imaging to position a thin needle at the precise area of a vein that needs treatment.
Similar to traditional sclerotherapy, he delivers a safe chemical solution called a sclerosant. In this procedure, the sclerosant is a foam instead of a liquid.
The foam solution causes the varicose vein to close and eventually disappear. Your body naturally redirects blood to healthy veins.
How effective is ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a generally safe and successful procedure. A study that included 52 patients with chronic venous insufficiency found that ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy led to a decrease or disappearance in varicose veins 12 months after treatment in all participants.
Steps you can take to improve the health of your veins after ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy include exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy body weight, and avoiding sitting or standing for long periods of time.
What should I expect from ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy?
First, Dr. Rosen reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is right for you. To ensure you feel confident and informed, he thoroughly explains the procedure and answers any questions you may have.
An ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy session typically lasts about 30 minutes. The number of injections and sessions you need depends on how many varicose veins Dr. Rosen is treating.
After treatment, you need to wear compression stockings until your next appointment. Sclerotherapy doesn’t involve a lengthy recovery period, but Dr. Rosen may advise you to take it easy for a day or two after your session.
If you want relief from varicose veins, call Rosen Vein Care or book an appointment online today to learn more about ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy.