Patient before sclerotherapy procedure
Same patient 6 weeks after procedure
Sclerotherapy is a procedure to treat varicose and spider veins. The minimally invasive procedure uses a fine, thin needle to inject a substance directly into the vein, to improve the cosmetic appearance of spider veins and small varicose veins. The procedure involves a solution directly injected into the affected veins, causing them to shrink and eventually disappear. This solution causes an irritation of the lining of the vein, and causes the vein to swell and the blood to clot. The vein then turns into scar tissue that may eventually fade from view.
This procedure may be an option for patients who have tried compression stockings and leg elevation without much success. Larger varicose veins may require the use of sclerotherapy and ablation, or possibly an ambulatory phlebectomy.
After sclerotherapy, the treated veins will fade after a few weeks, although occasionally it may take up to a few months to see the full results. In some cases, several treatments may be needed.
Image guided tendon treatment is a minimally invasive method to identify and remove pain generating scar tissue from tendons which can occur due to various musculoskeletal conditions such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. The doctor uses ultrasound imaging, just like the kind used to see babies in the womb, to visualize and identify the specific location of the damaged tendon tissue.
Once the source of your tendon pain is identified, your doctor numbs the area with a local anesthetic, allowing you to stay awake the entire time. Many people say after the numbing process—which feels like a bee sting—they felt only a slight pressure during the procedure (if they felt anything at all). Your doctor then uses gentle ultrasonic energy designed to safely breakdown and remove the damaged tissue. Because the incision is so small and the ultrasonic energy precisely treats only the damaged tendon tissue, the surrounding healthy tissue is left unharmed.
When the procedure is completed, the doctor applies a small adhesive bandage – no stitches are required. Because you are awake during the procedure, many people are able to drive home immediately following the procedure.
With image guided tendon treatment, recovery is rapid and many people are back to normal life within 6 weeks or less. Because the surrounding healthy tissue is not disturbed, and no stitches or general anesthesia is required, there is minimal downtime and less discomfort compared to open surgery.
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