Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS)

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) is a highly specialised procedure for treating varicose veins that are hidden beneath the skin. It is the treatment of choice for the larger diameter abnormal veins that are not suitable for endovenous laser ablation (EVLA). The mechanism of action UGS is exactly the same as that of direct vision sclerotherapy. This involves injecting an agent (sclerosant) into the abnormal veins using a fine needle under ultrasound guidance.

A detailed duplex ultrasound examination is carried out prior to the procedure to create a ‘virtual map’ of the lower leg veins. This map precisely displays the exact locations of the underlying venous reflux, which is not usually visible to the naked eye, as well as adjacent structures such as deep veins and arteries.

With ultrasound guidance, Dr Jennifer Leung can accurately guide the needle and inject the hidden abnormal veins, while observing the process on the ultrasound monitor. Once injected, the treated vessel will collapse and gradually be absorbed by the body, disappearing with time. A number of injections will be required along the length of the vein to achieve complete closure.

Another significant advantage of this method is that it allows Dr Leung to monitor the effect of each injection, while ensuring the safety of all adjacent structures. The use of sclerosant in the form of a foam, rather than a liquid, has made this procedure even more effective.

How much does vein treatments cost?

The cost of vein treatment can vary considerably depending on different factors, such as the extent, distribution and severity of the abnormal veins. It is therefore not possible to give a cost estimate without gaining a proper understanding of the extent of your venous problem.

To request an appointment with Dr Jennifer Leung to discuss your suitability for a vein treatment please email us or call us on 02 6255 8988.