Although standard sclerotherapy has been performed since the 1930s for surface veins (see detailed notes under "standard sclerotherapy") it has been used since 1989 for the treatment of deeper veins with a procedure called Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS). UGS is a method of treating deeper veins without surgery (see also Endovenous Laser Ablation (ELA).
Our doctors have a particular interest in these procedures and often lecture about their technique, combined they have performed more UGS treatments than any other clinic in Queensland. UGS is suitable for those people who have never had their varicose veins treated and those people who have had a recurrence of their varicose veins after surgery, Occasionally some people are not suitable for UGS and our doctors will discuss your suitability with you. ELA (or laser treatment—click here to watch a video of laser treatment) may be a more appropriate procedure.
It is important to appreciate that varicose vein disease is a chronic condition that requires on-going maintenance and surveillance after the initial course of treatment gains control. Treatment at the earliest stage will help avoid the possible expensive and debilitating complications including leg ulcers, stasis dermatitis and thrombophlebitis. The success rate of the procedure compares most favourably to many published results of surgical treatment and does not require the time off work and pain associated with surgery (as well as usually being less expensive). Our doctors will discuss with you the relative merits of surgery versus UGS and ELA.
FURTHER READING ABOUT ULTRASOUND GUIDED SCLEROTHERAPY (UGS)