A Brief Overview of Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

Board-certified thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon Lawrence J. Markovitz, MD, treats patients at Virginia Vein Care in McLean, Virginia. A highly skilled physician, Dr. Lawrence Markovitz has experience performing a wide range of procedures, including endovenous laser treatment, radiofrequency ablation, and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy.

A minimally invasive procedure, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy (UGS) is a technique used to treat a variety of venous conditions, including varicose veins, leg ulcers, and venous eczema. During the procedure, a physician uses ultrasound to diagnose deep leakages of blood, also known as reflux, that cause veins to dilate and become varicose. He or she then treats the leakages with guided injections into problem areas.

UGS is a quick procedure that typically takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to complete. It is frequently performed after endovenous ablation procedures have treated larger veins. After undergoing the procedure, patients can return to their normal activities the same day. Although it is usually quite effective at eliminating diseased veins, UGS may sometimes requires several sessions and several weeks before veins become final results are achieved.