UGS – Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy

UGS is a modern technique that is reserved for treating advanced varicose veins that are hidden beneath the skin, feeding visible veins.

 

UGS is a versatile procedure that can treat saphenous veins, perforating veins, and other hidden varicose veins.

The ultrasound precisely displays abnormal veins, as well as adjacent structures such as deep veins and arteries. With ultrasound guidance, the phlebologist can inject these hidden abnormal veins while observing the process on the ultrasound monitor. Once injected, the treated vessel will be gradually absorbed by the body and will eventually disappear. A number of injections are required along the length of the vein to achieve complete closure. A significant advantage of this method is that it allows the phlebologist to monitor the effect of each injection, while ensuring the safety of all adjacent structures. The use of sclerosant as foam, rather than solution, has made this procedure much more effective.

The treatment may take up to half an hour. Following the procedure, patients are fitted with graduated compression stockings and asked to go for a 30-40 minute walk to promote blood flow in the deeper veins. Patients normally return to work the following day with no problem, and are encouraged to remain active, although it is best to avoid strenuous exercise such as weight lifting for a week or so.