Sclerotherapy has been considered the “gold standard” of vein treatments for many years. The addition of foam sclerosant provides greater versatility and success for the patient. Foam agents are able to displace blood within the vein for a more effective sealing process. The ability to cover a larger surface area also allows this procedure to be used on larger varicose veins than have previously responded to sclerotherapy procedures. Foam also allows the physician to better track the progress of the sclerosing agent by ultrasound, for a more precise procedure overall.
How does Foam Sclerotherapy Work?
Foam sclerotherapy is performed as an outpatient procedure, using a local anesthetic. The location of the affected vein is targeted, using ultrasound technology. Once the vein is marked, the foam sclerosing agent is injected directly into the affected vein using a very fine needle. The procedure may take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour to complete, depending on how many veins will be targeted for treatment in a single session.
After the sclerosing agent is injected, another ultrasound examination will be performed to ensure the affected vein sealed shut fully. The patient will be instructed to wear compression stockings for a number of days after the procedure to encourage healthy blood flow in the treated leg. Most patients are able to return to normal activities immediately after treatment, with little discomfort afterward.
Foam sclerotherapy may be performed in multiple sessions to achieve desired results. The procedure is minimally invasive and involves little discomfort and no downtime afterward. To learn more about foam sclerotherapy, contact the staff at Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan for more information.