What is it?
Foam Sclerotherapy is a treatment option for varicose veins and is designed to make improvements to their appearance without the need for invasive surgery. The foam solution that is injected (sclerosant) works to actively damage the internal lining of the vein which causes blood clotting to occur. Your body then gets to work destroying the vein, minimising their appearance through the skin.
Is Foam Sclerotherapy right for me?
This form of treatment is suitable for those with small or moderate size varicose veins. It is often also effective at treating varicose veins that have recurred after previous surgery. If you have very large, bulging veins, then surgery may be a better and quicker option.
It may not be advisable to have foam sclerotherapy treatment if you suffer from blood clotting tendencies, however, for the majority of mild to moderate varicose veins, the treatment is successful.
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The procedure will begin by marking the veins that will be treated through the use of an ultrasound scan. You will receive an injection of local anaesthetic at the site of the vein and then a needle will be placed into the vein. Once you have received a blood thinning agent to keep the needle open, some smaller needles will be inserted into the visible varicose veins in the leg and then the foam sclerotherapy solution will be injected in small doses. You may be asked to move your ankle up and down to increase the blood flow to your veins. The injection of the foam may be repeated 2 or 3 times and some dressing applied to your leg afterwards to compress the treated veins.
You should continuously keep the dressing and compression stockings on following the procedure, for approximately 5 days. At this time you can remove the dressing but should continue wearing the stockings for a further 7 days (it can be removed at night or to shower).
You can resume normal activities after the initial recovery period generally without any problems.