What is the benefit of adding ultrasound technology to sclerotherapy?
I’ve heard a lot about sclerotherapy and how effective it is in treating cosmetic vein problems. What is the benefit of adding ultrasound technology to sclerotherapy? Is it worth the additional cost?
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Replied on 9/15/2010
Replied on 10/16/2009
By: Laser Vein Center | Thomas Wright, M.D., F.A.C.P., R.V.T.
For spider veins that wouldn't be necessary (nor feasible). Ultrasound guidance is used for bigger abnormal veins beneath the skin that are not visible. Ultrasound is also useful before treatment to uncover an underlying cause such as saphenous vein reflux. This is especially important if you have any symptoms of venous insufficiency: pain, swelling, aching, heaviness +/- varicose veins. One leading cause for treatment failure of spider veins is that there is an underlying leaking vein (which would be seen with ultrasound).
For larger veins it is often necessary to use ultrasound guidance to confirm the placement of the sclerosant and to help prevent complication.
Replied on 9/24/2009
By: Miller Vein | Jeffrey H. Miller, M.D.
Steven K. Wang, M.D.
Michael E. Lulenski, M.D.
For spider veins that wouldn't be necessary (nor feasible). Ultrasound guidance is used for bigger abnormal veins beneath the skin that are not visible. Ultrasound is however useful before treatment if you have any symptoms of venous insufficiency: pain, swelling, aching, heaviness +/- varicose veins. One leading cause for treatment failure of spider veins is that there is an underlying leaking vein (which would be seen with ultrasound).
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