April 18


Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy in Miami

By Dr. Jose Almeida

April 18, 2016

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Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is a great way to treat varicose veins when can be more than a nuisance. While these bulging, twisting veins that typically appear on the legs are an eyesore, they can also cause you discomfort that won’t go away no matter what you try. You could find yourself dealing with painful throbbing, especially when you are on your feet. It’s recommended to walk in order to deal with varicose veins, but your pain may worsen any time you attempt to be on the move. In some cases, your varicose veins could lead to more serious problems.

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Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) is a procedure used for treating medium to large varicose veins with minimal scarring. This treatment represents a significant development in the treatment of veins because this ultrasound technology helps doctors to see dilated deep-seated veins that are not entirely visible on the surface of the skin.

If you are tired of looking at these blemishes on your legs and you want this pesky problem to go away, sclerotherapy could be an effective remedy for you.

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What is Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a common solution for varicose veins that has been in use for decades. It involves the injection of a special solution into your affected veins. The solution acts in a way that forces the walls of your varicose veins to be affected. The blood can no longer travel through your varicose veins; it must find another pathway.

Meanwhile, your treated veins will gradually dissolve and be completely absorbed by your body. In time, you won’t even see your varicose veins anymore. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy uses ultrasound technology to pinpoint the location of your varicose veins.

What are the Benefits of Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy?

When you choose ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, you can expect greater accuracy in identifying the source of your varicose veins. Ultrasound technology has been reported to be comfortable for the patient. It simply involves passing a wand over your varicose veins with a gel that is applied to your skin.

  1. Greater accuracy in identifying the problems
  2. Better comfort during the procedure

An image will be displayed on a monitor, allowing our specialist to have a clear picture of what is going on beneath the surface in your body. With the aid of ultrasound imagery, sclerotherapy can be performed with greater precision, ensuring the ideal location is treated to help you get rid of your varicose veins.

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The Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy Procedure

During Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy (UGS), the duplex ultrasound technology is used in locating the affected veins that are not visible. Veins that can’t be seen ordinarily with the eyes can be displayed on an external monitor while carrying out UGS. Board Certified vascular surgeon, Doctor Jose Almeida maps out the veins to determine which veins need to be injected and those veins that are best left alone.

The duplex ultrasound can help doctors determine how many injections are needed. The sclerosant agent is injected into a vein, and it causes the irritation of the lining of the vein, making the vein shrink and close. Eventually, the vein disappears.

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy is especially advantageous to those who have already received varicose vein surgery at one time and have recurrent veins. A UGS treatment helps in averting complications such as leg ulcers, dermatitis, and blood clots.

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Who Are the Best Candidates for Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy?

Good candidates for Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy are those in good health that have spider veins or varicose veins that cause severe symptoms. Also, you must have realistic expectations of the results of the procedure, and not anticipate results overnight. Contrarily, the veins may seem worse immediately after treatment.

After Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy, most large veins look lumpy and dark, but those symptoms often fade within a week after the treatment. Usually, it takes up to five months to notice the complete results of the treatment. UGS is not always the most appropriate cure for venous issues.

Although this method of treatment can remove the treated veins permanently, it cannot prevent new veins from occurring in the same location as time goes.

What to Expect After Treatment

As a post-treatment care, patients are advised to wear compression stockings to prevent bruising and to keep the veins compressed. You can resume your normal daily involvements, but you should avoid high-impact aerobic exercises.

Risks Associated with Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

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Finally Say Goodbye to Your Varicose Veins

You’ve struggled with your varicose veins long enough. It’s time to find out how ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy could work for you. Not only will your legs look better, but they will feel better after your treatment, as well.

Make an appointment at the Miami Vein Center in the South Brickell area to discuss ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. With a review of your medical history and a physical examination, our physician can help you to seek answers when it comes to dealing with your varicose veins. You don’t have to struggle with them anymore.

Thanks to ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, you can benefit from an effective approach that will not involve surgery.

To request a consultation click here or call 305-854-1555.

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Ultrasound guided Sclerotherapy is a safe procedure that helps patients in treating medium to large spider veins and varicose veins with minimal scarring and minimal risks. Every year, many individuals in the United States undergo this treatment successfully, and the positive results of the treatment last long after treatment.


Dr. Jose Almeida

About the author

Dr. Jose Almeida, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT is a veteran academic vascular surgeon who practices Endovascular Venous Surgery in Miami, FL. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery in both Vascular Surgery and General Surgery.

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