Available to patients from Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, and Greater Florida, liquid sclerotherapy and foam sclerotherapy are effective, non-invasive treatments for spider veins. During a sclerotherapy session, tiny injections are made into the vein causing the unsightly and no longer functional vessels to contract and collapse. Patients generally experience a 40 percent improvement in the appearance of spider veins after each sclerotherapy treatment. Depending on the patient’s condition and desired results, between two and six sclerotherapy sessions (each typically less than thirty minutes) are needed to achieve optimum results. At the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, we use both foam sclerotherapy and liquid sclerotherapy techniques for treatment, depending upon your individual needs.
Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy for Medical Vein Treatment
Used for years to detect pregnancy and track fetal development, ultrasound technology is now being applied to vein treatments, with tremendous results. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is a revolutionary development which eliminates the need for surgery in 95 percent of patients. The Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay is proudly one of the first clinics in the country to utilize ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy to treat varicose veins.
An out-patient procedure, duplex ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy allows Dr. Jeffrey A. Hunt to both diagnose and treat malfunctioning veins. During treatment, Dr. Hunt conducts an ultrasound scan of the legs to determine the size, location, and function level of the veins. The ultrasound helps Dr. Hunt locate problematic veins, guide the sclerosing injections, and close them. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes and is repeated several times over a few weeks.
Recovery from Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy patients are encouraged to continue their normal activities, particularly exercise, since circulation helps promote recovery. People often report playing tennis, walking several miles or returning to work immediately after treatment. Several check-ups are scheduled at two and four month intervals to ensure the veins have not reopened.
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Advantages of Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy
Prior to the development of ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, a painful and expensive procedure known as stripping was used to treat varicose veins. Patients often required hospitalization, weeks of recovery, and often experienced noticeable scarring. Additionally, this procedure may only have removed the patient’s major saphenous vein, and may not have treated other malfunctioning vessels. Instances of recurrence are also high in patients treated with the stripping technique.
In sclerotherapy without using ultrasound, doctors can only treat the veins they see or feel, while the deeper veins, often the source of the problem, go undetected. A doctor watching the veins through ultrasound is less likely to miss a vein and is more precise in placing the injection – an important factor, since the solution can cause scarring in skin and muscle tissue. As a result of treating incompetent saphenous veins, the recurrence of spider veins is significantly reduced.
Cost of Sclerotherapy
The price of ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy for varicose veins is usually about half the cost of surgery. Many insurance companies will cover this treatment.
Please contact our Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, Florida-area office for a sclerotherapy consultation.