Foam Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins

Foam Sclerotherapy for Varicose VeinsSclerotherapy is a vein treatment used to treat varicose veins and other blood vessel malformations. During a sclerotherapy procedure a solution is injected directly into the affected vein. This solution causes the vein to scar and collapse, rerouting your blood to healthier veins. The collapsed vein eventually fades into surrounding tissue.

Generally, the solution used for sclerotherapy is Sotradecol. This drug causes an inflammatory destruction of the inside of the vein. The concentration of this solution can vary depending on the severity and size of your veins that are being treated.

What is Foam Sclerotherapy?

Foam sclerotherapy is a technique that involves injected a foam solution instead of the standard Sotradecol solution. This foam solution includes the same drug but mixed into a “tooth paste-like” foam with air or physiological gas (carbon dioxide). The goal of using this technique versus traditional sclerotherapy methods is to effectively treat the vein malformations with fewer procedures. If the veins being treated are larger, traditional sclerotherapy can sometimes require multiple procedures.

Benefits of foam sclerotherapy include:

  • Increased surface area of the drug
  • Found to be more effective than liquid solutions
  • Doesn’t mix with the blood in the vein
  • Quick procedure
  • Can be used on larger more severe veins
  • Minimally invasive
  • Minimal scarring

The foam solution provides maximal results sought from sclerotherapy treatments due to its consistency and ability to cause an immediate thickening of the vein wall and the sealing of blood flow in that vein.

Possible Side Effects of Foam Sclerotherapy:

  • Bruising
  • Darkened skin
  • Small skin sores
  • Multiple tiny red blood vessels
  • Raised red areas

Generally, the side effects associated with sclerotherapy are mild and resolve themselves relatively quickly. More uncommon side effects may include: blood clots, inflammation, air bubbles or allergic reaction. These side effects are uncommon but require medical attention if developed after a sclerotherapy treatment.

Choosing Sclerotherapy for your Varicose Vein Treatment

If you suffer from painful or uncomfortable varicose veins, your vein specialist will work with you to determine which treatment option is best for you. Foam sclerotherapy isn’t as widely used as the traditional solution but depending on your specific condition, your doctor may consider it.

Talk to your doctor about foam sclerotherapy and work on treating your varicose veins effectively.

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