Sclerotherapy is a top choice for many patients seeking relief from spider veins and varicose veins. Jacksonville’s St. Johns Vein Center offers three forms of sclerotherapy, popular because they can be used to effectively treat many different types of venous insufficiencies. Here is a quick overview of each of the three treatments we offer:
- Ultrasound Sclerotherapy: This breakthrough varicose vein treatment allows many patients to dodge surgeries that would have been necessary for treatment of hidden veins in the past. With ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, doctors are able to see, via the machine’s external monitor, veins that are otherwise hidden from plain sight. Rather than cutting into a patient, doctors can use ultrasound to pinpoint diseased veins and treat them via injections of sclerosant, which irritates the spider or varicose veins’ lining, causing the blood to clot and the vein to shrink.
- Liquid Sclerotherapy: This form of sclerotherapy treatment is also known as injection therapy and is a standard treatment for spider veins, reticular veins (or blue veins) and smaller varicose veins. Your doctor will inject a specially formulated solution inside the affected vein, causing the vein wall to become irritated and inflamed, then scar and close up or shrink. With the diseased vein closed off, healthy blood vessels surrounding it will absorb the extra blood flow.
- Foam Sclerotherapy: If you’ve got larger and longer varicose veins, Jacksonville’s St. Johns Vein Center likely will recommend foam sclerotherapy over ultrasound or liquid sclerotherapy treatment. In this form of treatment, a patient’s blood vessel is injected with flam sclerosant drugs that are blended with CO2 and air either inside a syringe or via a mechanical pump. This mixture gives the solution a wider reach than the solution used in liquid sclerotherapy. This mixture displaces blood inside the vein and delivers maximum sclerosant action.
If you need treatment of spider, blue or varicose veins, Jacksonville’s Dr. James St. George, founder of the St. Johns Vein Center, can help you decide which form of sclerotherapy treatment will be most effective. Call 904-402-VEIN (8346) or schedule a consultation online.