Foam Sclerotherapy Treatment

Foam Sclerotherapy Treatment

Ultrasound-guided Foam Sclerotherapy

Injection treatments have been used for many years to treat varicose veins. Two recent developments now allow us to use an injection technique to treat varicose veins that was previously only treatable by surgery. These are the use of ultrasound to guide the injection and the preparation of the chemical as foam. Over the last 10 years or so, the use of foam injection was widespread in France, Spain and Italy and more recently the technique is being used in the USA. The treatment can be performed as a “walk in, walk out” or “lunch hour procedure”.

What is Foam Sclerotherapy?

The solutions that are injected are exactly the same as those which are already used to treat varicose veins. These are mixed with air or create foam, which looks a little like hair mousse, or shaving foam. Many medical scientific studies have confirmed that Foam Sclerotherapy has an excellent safety record and that it produces excellent results in the treatment of vein reflux and varicose veins.

How does the foam work?

After injection, the foam pushes the blood out of the way and completely fills the vein. The lining of the vein is instantly removed by the foam (this doesn’t hurt) and the vein responds by shrinking and the vein walls stick together. The channel through the vein is sealed and over the course of a few months the vein is completely absorbed by the body’s healing processes.

The treatment

Treatment is performed in a treatment room and not an operating theatre. The patient rests comfortably on an examination couch. A small amount of local anesthetics is used to numb the skin of the leg and a small needle is inserted into the refluxing vein that is feeding the varicose veins. The position of the needle is carefully monitored using ultrasound so that feeder veins are closed. Foam is then injected and its progress into the feeder vein and varicose veins is carefully monitored with ultrasound. The whole treatment usually takes no more than 45 minutes. Finally a firm bandage is applied to the leg. The aim of this is to keep the veins compressed so that they do not gill with the blood when the patient stands up. The bandage is usually worn for a week followed by an elastic compression stocking for a further week. When the bandages are removed at the follow – up appointment it is usual to find that all the varicose veins have been sealed. The leg may be a little bruised at this stage, although this is usually fairly minor. If any varicose veins have not been completely treated in the first session, they are injected and bandaged to complete removal of all veins. If varicose veins are present in both legs, the treatment is given to one leg at a time with an interval of one to two weeks.

Key Features

  • Ultrasound – guided Foam Sclerotherapy is a new method of treating varicose veins
  • There is no need for an operation under general anesthetic
  • The treatment involves injections under local anesthetic
  • A treatment session is complete in about 45 minutes
  • The treatment is carefully monitored using ultrasound
  • A firm compression bandage must be worn for a week afterwards
  • The cost of treatment are much lower than for surgical methods
  • Minimal or no time off work.

The VENOMED Plus with Doctor Valbon Gashi has been at the forefront of the introduction of Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy into the Kosovo and its specialists have many years experience of its use in a wide variety of vein conditions.
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