Endovenous Chemical Ablation, also known as Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy, is a varicose vein treatment that combines both sclerotherapy and the Duplex/Doppler Ultrasound. The marriage of ultrasound and traditional sclerotherapy has made varicose vein treatment much safer and more accurate, and is an effective alternative to invasive vascular surgery.
During an Endovenous Chemical Ablation, we will inject a solution called a sclerosant into the targeted veins using ultrasound guidance. As the sclerosant flows into the vein, the varicose vein is injured and ultimately closes and is absorbed and disappears. With the help of the ultrasound, we are is able to accurately and safely locate the diseased veins causing symptoms that would otherwise be hidden from view.
What to Expect After Your Endovenous Chemical Ablation
Like most of the minimally invasive varicose vein treatments, Endovenous Chemical Ablation recovery is immediate. Ibuprofen and Arnica gel can be used to minimize post treatment discomfort and bruising.
You will be asked to walk immediately after your procedure for 30 minutes outside our Albuquerque office. You should avoid strenuous activity like lifting weights or swimming laps in the Rio Grande for two weeks. Despite Albuquerque’s reputation for being one of the fittest cities in America, you’ll have to refrain from arduous workouts for this period. Patients return to work the same or following day.
You will go home with compression stockings to help expedite the blood flow within your legs for three weeks.
Endovenous Chemical Ablation in Albuquerque
During the heat of summer in Albuquerque the venous system tends to dilate to cool the body. Throughout the year hot tub bathing tends to cause the same affect on the venous system. So after your Endovenous Chemical Ablation it’s best to avoid heat exposure. However, an ECA, also known as an Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy (UGFS) can be performed year round, and there is no cause for concern.
Is Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Right For Me?
If you have chronic venous disease in which varicose veins recur over time, or certain medical conditions restrict you from treatments like Laser Ablation, Endovenous Chemical Ablation may be the best solution for you.
Call Vein Center of New Mexico, and set up your consultation so you can learn more about ECA and if it’s right for you.