Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (or Endovenous Chemical Ablation)
Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS) is a highly-specialized technique pioneered in Europe and now used worldwide in the treatment of varicose vein disease. UGFS treats even the largest varicose veins without surgery including varicose veins that have recurred after a previous surgery.
Based on an ultrasound map of the entire diseased venous network and under direct ultrasound visualization, a foamed sclerosant is injected into the diseased veins which causes them to close down. Over time, the veins narrow to a fibrous thread which is not visible since it’s beneath the skin.
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is ideal for “cleaning up” any remaining vein disease in the legs. Because the sclerosant acts like a liquid tool reaching the hidden sources of vein disease, it can be effectively used to treat large areas of veins in the least amount of time. There is some mild bruising and swelling immediately after treatment and you will be advised to wear compression stockings for a period of time.
The UGFS procedure is performed by Dr. Douglass and his staff in-office and requires no general or spinal anesthetic or narcotic pain medications. Patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately.
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is an essential portion of treatment for most patients with varicose veins to relieve pain from persistent unseen varicose veins and reduce the recurrence of visible varicose veins.
Dr. Douglass and his staff are among the most experienced to provide ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy in Knoxville and East Tennessee.