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Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy involves injecting a special foam (sclerosant) into varicose vein. The foam scars the vein, which seals it closed. The injection is guided using ultrasound equipment for varicose veins. The injected veins become inflamed and blood is unable to flow through them and, ultimately, the body absorbs these non-functioning vessels. The number of veins injected in one session varies, depending on the size and location of the veins, as well as the general medical condition of the patient. Most insurance will only pay for 3 sessions of sclerotherapy per leg per year, when treating varicose veins. Cosmetic sclerotherapy of spider or reticular veins is not covered by health insurance. You may need anywhere from one to several sclerotherapy sessions for any vein region. Depending on the type and number of veins being treated you may have one or several injections per session. Generally, normal activities can be resumed after sclerotherapy. Your vein may start to fade away after a few weeks to months depending on the size of the treated vein. You will have to wear a compression bandage for up to a week, followed by compression stockings for as long as you are being treated.