Ultrasound-guided Foam Sclerotherapy


In treating varicose veins, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy may be selected as a more advanced treatment option. It is minimally invasive and performed in The Vein Clinic at Vascular Tyler. Similar to sclerotherapy, a sclerosing agent is used to cause the swollen vein to collapse and then dissolve over time back into the body.

When you sit or stand for long periods, high blood pressure inside the veins in your legs can cause varicose veins. Other factors that can increase your risk for varicose veins:

  • Being overweight

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis

  • Family history of varicose veins

  • Lack of exercise

  • Sedentary lifestyle 

Varicose veins affect people between the ages of 30 and 70, with a larger percentage of woman than men. Pregnant women have an increased risk, but the veins often return to normal within one year of childbirth. Multiple pregnancies may result in permanent varicose veins.

A conservative approach is usually first taken in the treatment of varicose veins using compression stockings. As the stockings are worn, they squeeze the leg, helping the muscles and veins work properly in returning blood to the heart.

Should further treatment options be required, your physician may recommend ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. A liquid sclerosing agent is mixed with air to produce foam that can be seen when it is injected into the vein using ultrasound. This allows the physician to guide the foam accurately through the veins. Depending on the size and severity of the dilated vein, retreatment is sometimes necessary.

Some risks of ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy may include: thrombophlebitis, deep vein thrombosis, and allergic reaction.


The Patient Experience

Dr. Robbins looked at my imaging and made an appointment that same day for me to come in. At Vascular Tyler, it’s just like a family environment every time I come in here. If I have to go the doctor’s (office), this is where I want to go.
L. Cunningham, Patient
We don’t want to spend a whole lot of time with rehabilitation or in some sort of medical facility, so it was great discovering that there’s only little or no downtime. It was a matter of hours instead of days or weeks.
B. Finch, Patient
I had excruciating pain and was told I needed a knee replacement. But Dr. Robbins said I just need vascular surgery. They gave me relief from my pain, and they’re kind and interested in you as a patient and a person. This is the place to come.
M. Finch, Patient

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