Chemical ablation, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, and endovenous chemical ablation are all terms that refer to the injection of a solution into veins. You may need the minimally invasive medical procedure if you have varicose veins or refluxing veins.
Sclerotherapy refers to the process of injecting a sclerosant liquid substance into target veins (referred to as endovenous chemical ablation) and is performed using duplex ultrasonography to guide the injections in the superficial venous system.
The goal of sclerotherapy is to "destroy function" in the dysfunctional vein in order to heighten the efficiency of blood flow to the deeper venous system.
Dr. Smalling utilizes Varithena for sclerotherapy.
Varithena is a commercially developed sclerant used to irritate the dysfunctional superficial vein's endothelium, shutting down these incompetent vessels.
Once shut down, the blood from the vessels is forced to move through the deep venous system for a more efficient return to the heart.
Varithena is a game-changer for patients with visible varicose veins (those veins that look like rope beneath the skin's surface).
Sclerotherapy can also be used for medical indications. "Foam-guided" sclerotherapy does have a medical purpose in closing refluxing veins failing to return the blood to the heart.
Cosmetic uses of sclerotherapy are typically not covered by insurance. In some cases, however, insurance coverage may be available. Check with your insurance provider for exact coverage information.
Address abnormal veins that may be causing you problems. Dr. Smalling can answer any questions that you have, including what you may expect after your appointment. Call (913) 912-3624 or contact us online today.