What should I expect when I undergo Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy?

Published On: May, 20, 2024

Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy emerges as a highly effective and minimally invasive treatment option for varicose veins, offering targeted relief for surface veins and those not visible to the naked eye. This innovative procedure utilizes foam medication that can be precisely administered under ultrasound guidance, allowing for accurate targeting of varicose veins that may travel close to the skin or nerves. With its ability to navigate through veins with twists and turns, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy presents a safe and versatile solution for vein disorders.

Understanding Polidocanol (Asclera®)

Polidocanol, commonly known by its brand name Asclera®, serves as the preferred sclerosant medication for foam sclerotherapy due to its patient comfort and low risk of side effects. As a detergent-type medication, polidocanol effectively injures the inner lining of veins, leading to cessation of blood flow and eventual closure of the vein. FDA-approved since 2010 for the treatment of varicose veins, polidocanol has been extensively studied and used in Europe for decades. When transformed into foam, polidocanol becomes particularly effective for treating larger veins, showcasing its versatility in vein treatment.

Treatment Protocol and Expectations

The number and frequency of ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy sessions vary depending on individual anatomy, vein responsiveness, and treatment goals. On average, patients may require 2 to 5 treatment sessions to achieve significant improvement, with larger or resistant veins potentially necessitating additional treatments.

On the day of treatment, patients undergo a streamlined process that begins with signing the consent form and changing into provided shorts. Following skin cleansing with alcohol, ultrasound is utilized to localize the veins, ensuring precise administration of the foam medication using a fine needle. Patients then elevate their legs on a wedge pillow for approximately 15 minutes to optimize treatment results.

Post-treatment, patients are assisted in wearing compression stockings and encouraged to walk for 30 minutes before leaving the clinic. While it’s normal to experience mild achiness and tenderness in the legs after treatment, these symptoms typically subside over time.

Experience Relief with Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy

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Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy offers a painless and effective solution for varicose veins, allowing individuals to reclaim comfort and confidence in their vein health. With its ability to precisely target veins and minimal downtime, this procedure empowers patients to address vein disorders with ease. If you’re seeking relief from varicose veins, consult with us today to explore the benefits of ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy and embark on the journey towards healthier veins.

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La Jolla Vein & Vascular (formerly La Jolla Vein Care) is committed to bringing experts together for unparalleled vein and vascular care. 

Nisha Bunke, MD, Sarah Lucas, MD, and Amanda Steinberger, MD are specialists who combine their experience and expertise to offer world-class vascular care. 

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