Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy in Irvine, California (CA)
At one time, surgery and laser treatments were the only options for those wishing to get rid of enlarged varicose veins. Modern technology now provides a third choice called ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. This procedure is performed by a doctor or trained cosmetician who uses an ultrasound machine to pinpoint problem veins. While looking at the vein on a monitor, the provider can then guide a solution filled needle into the vein. This fluid disturbs the lining of the vein, causing the vein to contract and close.
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, performed using a local anesthesia, can be performed in a short time period, but it may require several sessions to get results that are satisfactory. These sessions range in cost from roughly $200-$500, but the results are permanent.
One of the benefits of ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is the short recovery period. Although they may have to limit exercise and wear compression hosiery for several days after the surgery, most patients can return to their normal activities very quickly.
A quick call to a provider of ultrasound guided sclerotherapy will enable you to schedule a consultation, during which a specialist can answer your questions and help you decide whether this procedure is the right one for you.
About Vein Center of Orange County
At VCOC, Dr. Kanter performs all consultations himself. We are highly specialized in phlebology (vein disorders), and do not offer an array of unrelated procedures; i.e., we do not do liposuction, hair removal, Botox, etc. VCOC has a full-time, on-site duplex ultrasound system, and was the first vein disorder center in southern California to offer both advanced “color-flow” imaging for improved accuracy, the first to offer ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy since 1991, and the first to offer endovenous laser treatment for large varicose veins using the FDA-approved, patented Biolitec ELVeS® system.
Because every case is different, and because veins visible on the surface often have deeper sources hiding underneath, it is impossible to provide an accurate cost estimate over the phone. Appearances are often deceiving: what looks simple to you may actually be more complicated to treat, and what looks complicated may actually be simple to treat. Therefore, we offer low-cost consultations by appointment. This is not a cursory, momentary glance at your veins.
Vein disease is in fact a medical problem, and we treat it as such. We therefore allow time for the attention to detail necessary to make an accurate diagnosis, and to answer any questions you may have before you leave the office. After a careful review of your medical history and concerns, every vein patient receives a painless Doppler screening examination, and duplex ultrasound examination if indicated. Based on the specific findings in your case, Dr. Kanter will then personally: 1) discuss any recommended diagnostic procedures, 2) review the pros and cons of all treatment options appropriate for your case, both surgical and non-surgical, and 3) provide you with a written cost estimate. With your permission, a brief report will be sent to your referring primary care doctor as a courtesy.
The fee for initial consultation with Doppler depends on the complexity of the case: 30-minute consultations for spider veins are $85, and 60-minute consultations for large varicose veins are $125. The fee for duplex examination is $295.00 if needed; duplex is required for most varicose veins and rarely for spider veins.
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