Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS)

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) and the treatment of varicose veins UGS is a safe and effective method for the eradication of small varicose veins. Unlike the surgical option there is no need for hospitalization or anaesthetic. There is virtually no downtime. Most patients with small varicose veins are suitable for UGS.

Dr Loizou will determine your individual suitability during the course of the assessment. Some patients will require follow-up treatments to achieve the best results. Prior to treatment a duplex ultrasound scan is performed to establish and map out the exact nature of the vein problem and whether there are any underlying hidden veins that are causing the appearance of the visible varicose veins. If there are hidden veins then these will have to be treated first either with UGS or if too large by using Laser technology.

The UGS procedure is performed using an ultrasound unit to locate the abnormal veins and allow the doctor to accurately and safely inject sclerosant detergent solution or more recently with sclerosant detergent foam directly into the veins that are hidden below the skin at strategic locations. Once injected the veins collapse and the body’s process of absorption begins. Numerous injections may be required and can be associated with vague sensations of a heavy feeling that usually only lasts for a few minutes.

The sclerosant becomes diluted and neutralised within a short distance from the injection site. It is rapidly broken down and excreted by the liver and kidneys. The appearance of the treated veins rapidly improves over a few weeks with continued improvement still occurring for about three months.