Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS)
Since 1998 Palm Clinic has treated well over 10,000 varicose veins with Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS). Dr John Barrett of Palm Clinic introduced the popular non surgical vein treatment of UGS to New Zealand which revolutionised the management of varicose veins.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) uses special ultrasound equipment to guide injections of sclerosant which close the abnormal Varicose Vein. Sclerotherapy has been a routine medical vein procedure since the 1960's, particularly in Europe. It has been used for visible varicose veins and for spider veins or thread veins.
The major advancement of Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy is that special ultrasound equipment (similar to that used to look at babies in pregnancy) is now used to find and inject the part of the varicose vein that is not visible on the surface. This area between the groin and the knee is extremely important to treat, as the flow of blood is running backwards down the leg from the junction of the varicose vein and the deep vein.
Before Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) this part of the vein could not be treated leading to temporary improvement only. With UGS the veins can now be effectively closed in the vast majority of cases.
Palm Clinic also offers Endovenous Laser Ablation for varicose veins which is the very latest treatment but is not suitable for all types of varicose veins and is generally combined with ultrasound guided sclerotherapy for maximal results.
The Benefits of Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
The vein physicians (phlebologists) at Palm Clinic remain excited about the ultrasound guided sclerotherapy technique which they say is so simple and straightforward for patients who are appreciative of relieving themselves of the pain associated with their leg veins. The added bonus of the ultrasound guided sclerotherapy treatment is that it provides cosmetic improvement without having to take time off work. Patients are often amazed at the fact they can have 'gross' varicose veins treated by ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, and can be back at work an hour later.
Advantages of the treatment include:
- No time off work
- No anaesthesia (the procedure is virtually painless)
- No surgery
- No scars or stitches
- Patients can continue normal daily activities other than avoiding straining for 3-4 weeks
- Lower cost than surgery. The cost varies but is typically $2800 for one leg and $4800 for two legs.
- UGS is covered by most medical insurers. There is full cover from Sovereign, Tower, Unimed, SDA and others. Southern Cross pays the full amount provided specific medical necessity criteria are met. Palm Clinic is an affiliated provider to Southern Cross.