How can I help with Foam Sclerotherapy?
Planning foam sclerotherapy (Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy or UGFS) starts with a full consultation and colour duplex ultrasound scan. The scan enables me to show you how your veins are working and to plan which veins will be injected to treat the varicose veins.
I have been involved in ultrasound scanning research in the management of varicose veins since 1990 and have been practising this technique in appropriate patients since 2004 with excellent results (bear in mind, not all veins are suitable and your treatment will be tailored to your situation).
Find out how I can help
If you’d like to find out more about how I can help with Foam Sclerotherapy then an initial consultation can be arranged at your convenience.
What is Foam Sclerotherapy?
Foam Sclerotherapy is a technique used to treat varicose veins. It involves injecting a foam solution into the vein, which causes the vein to collapse and eventually disappear.
Foam sclerotherapy is considered to be a safe and effective treatment for varicose veins, with a high success rate.
Varicose veins are caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, pregnancy, and obesity. Foam sclerotherapy can be used to treat both superficial and deeper varicose veins.
What does the treatment for Foam Sclerotherapy involve?
Chemical foam is injected under ultrasound scanning control into the varicose veins and feeding veins in order to close them off. The body’s natural healing process then gradually gets rid of the vein.
On the day of treatment no special preparation is required from you apart from obtaining class 2 graduated compression stockings (eg “duomed soft”). You will lie on the couch as I inject your veins using a small needle (smaller than a standard blood test needle). I will be scanning you with ultrasound and once I am satisfied that the foam is in the correct place, we will apply the compression stocking.
You may then drive yourself home and carry on with most of your usual activities.
Recovery from Foam Sclerotherapy
Healing always takes time and care. You can expect initial healing from Foam Sclerotherapy treatment to take around two weeks. The final, healed result will be evident after around two months.
I encourage gentle walking to keep the circulation going and avoid a deep vein thrombosis. After 2 weeks the stocking is removed although the final result is not seen for some weeks/months later as the healing process takes place. Most people require more than one session of treatment.
What you can expect from Foam Sclerotherapy
You can expect the treated vein to be uncomfortable and sometimes painful after treatment. This should be managed with readily available pain killers. Wearing compression stockings minimises post-treatment discomfort.
Foam Sclerotherapy utilises the body’s natural healing process to slowly get rid of the vein. Results are consistently excellent.
The Horndean Clinic
Our friendly team is based in the Horndean Clinic in Waterlooville near Portsmouth, UK. It’s wheelchair accessible and we adhere to current COVID-19 regulations. We look forward to welcoming you to the clinic after you have booked your consultation.
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