Today we are treating varicose veins with the new Echotherapy (Sonovein). Using ultrasound, Echotherapy is completely non-invasive.
Maria, our first patient today, walked straight into the clinic room. As Echotherapy is non-invasive it does not need an operating theatre. We used ultrasound to mark the varicose vein on the surface.
We then positioned the Echotherapy (Sonovein) machine directly over the vein. Using just a little local anaesthetic, we then started treating her varicose vein from outside the body.
Focused ultrasound (called HIFU – High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) was aimed directly at the varicose vein. The ultrasound beam went straight through the skin without any problem and focused directly on the vein.
The section of vein was then completely ablated. This is easy to see on the ultrasound image. The small amount of blood creates bubbles. These appear white on the ultrasound image.
After 45 minutes, Maria was up and walking around. She did not even need to wear compression stockings.
Echotherapy (Sonovein) treatment for varicose veins.
Echotherapy is a revolutionary way of treating varicose veins. Because ultrasound can pass through tissue, Echotherapy treatment is performed from externally. The Sonovein machine is placed on the skin, and the ultrasound passes straight through the skin, focusing on the vein to be treated.
The Sonovein machine was made by a French company called Theraclion.
The same technology has already been used to treat thyroid nodules and breast lumps. However, the treatment for varicose veins non-invasively is new.
Currently, Echotherapy for the treatment of varicose veins is only available at The Whiteley Clinic in the UK.
If you would like to know about Echotherapy and see if you might be suitable for this new technique, please contact us through our contact page.