Varicose Vein – Foam Sclerotherapy

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The idea is to avoid the need for general anaesthetic, incisions in the legs and a hospital operating theatre leading to a much more rapid recovery from treatment.

A substantial change in medical practice has occurred in the last 10 years. Several new, minimally invasive techniques for treating have been described and come into general use. The main aim of these is to avoid surgical removal of varicose veins. The idea is to avoid the need for general anaesthetic, incisions in the legs and a hospital operating theatre leading to a much more rapid recovery from treatment. Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy has become well established as a method of achieving long term cure of varicose veins.

 

  •  Once the foam reaches large veins and mixes with blood it is inactivated. The gas is breathed out and the sclerosant solution is metabolised by the liver within a few hours.
  • Blood now returns to treated vein which has been left without its non-stick lining. Blood now sticks to the wall of the vein and blocks it off, which is usually a permanent cure for a varicose vein.