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What is ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy?

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What is ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy? Ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy is a technique to treat large and medium sized varicose veins. Curiously, it has been around for a long time and is gaining an increase in popularity. The medicine referred to as the sclerosant, is first agitated with CO2 room air. Then, it is injected to the vein. The advantage of this technique is that the medicine, now at a foam suspension, sticks to the vein wall, increasing the exposure time, thus increasing the effectiveness. Another advantage of duplex ultrasound foam sclerotherapy is the safety associated exactly where the needle is while you are injecting. The visual image provided by duplex ultrasound has allowed for the safe and effective treatment of varicose veins without cutting. Ultrasound foam guided sclerotherapy in experienced hands has given physicians a non-invasive tool in the treatment of varicose vein disease.

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