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Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy or UGS is a modern technique to treat varicose veins. Varicose veins occur when the valves in your veins fail, blood pools and the resulting pressure dilates the veins. The only treatment for these veins used to be painful invasive surgery. UGS involves injecting the vein with a sclerosant, which is a substance which makes the vein walls ‘sticky’.
The vein adheres to itself (called occlusion), closes and forms scar tissue which is absorbed by the body over time. The procedure is ‘Ultrasound Guided’ because the treating practitioner uses an ultrasound machine to image the vein and guide their injections. This means that they can see all the parts of the incompetent (failed) vein and treat even the very small branches. There is no cutting of the vein and this procedure is literally ‘walk-in walk-out’ you can go back to work the same day.
Compression stockings need to be worn for two weeks after the procedure and you need to walk for 30min per day. This procedure is particularly effective for recurrent varicose veins after vein surgery. Recurrent veins tend to form a network of small veins making a second surgical intervention difficult, these smaller networks can be seen and treated easily with the guidance of the ultrasound.
Also most people who have had surgery don’t want to go back! This excellent technique eliminates the need for hospital admission, general anaesthetic and weeks off work. It really is the way of the future for varicose vein treatment. No longer suffer with the pain and discomfort of varicose veins, be treated quickly and effectively to regain that much needed boost in your quality of life.