Foam Sclerotherapy

Foam sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive technique to treat varicose veins.
I provide a tailored treatment with excellent recovery times and fantastic results.

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).

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Simon Payne
MD, MB ChB, FRCS (England),
FRCS (Gen Surg)

Testimonials from my patients

You can read more testimonials and case studies on the blog.

Simon’s qualifications & memberships


FRCS (Eng)

FRCS (Gen Surg)


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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.

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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.

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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.

Solent Vascular Care at The Horndean Clinic

Our friendly team is based in the Horndean Clinic in Waterlooville near Portsmouth, UK. We’re easily accessible from Fareham, Whiteley, Chichester, Winchester and Southampton. It’s wheelchair friendly, 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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The Doctors Surgery,
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Frequently Asked Questions About Foam Sclerotherapy

I charge £350 for a consultation and scan. Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS) is charged at £500 per treatment per session.

Initial healing from Foam Sclerotherapy takes around two weeks and you can expect to be able to see the final, healed result after around two months.

Foam Sclerotherapy is used to treat varicose veins. It involves injecting a foam into the problematic vein. This causes the vein to collapse and, over time, disappear. It’s minimally invasive, safe and offers excellent results.

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Meet your surgeon

If you’d like to talk through any of the treatments on offer then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Extremely impressed and would highly recommend Simon

Rated 5.0 out of 5
April 15, 2024

I recently had two cysts on my head removed by Simon and his lovely nurse Becky. They made me feel at ease and the quality and care was very professional. Simon explained everything in detail, was extremely focused and Becky was just the tonic to settle any nerves.

There was very little discomfort, the aftercare was explained in detail and I’m happy to say, after 6 weeks the results are amazing.

I would highly recommend Simon and his team without hesitation.

Amanda Jalley

Very professional

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 26, 2024

I had a cyst and a large lipona removed from my back a few weeks ago. Mr Payne is highly professional and I cannot recommend him enough. Very prompt response to my requests for information. The whole experience was brilliant and absolutely no hassle. Thank you

Val Long

Removal of two large anal skin tags.

Rated 4.0 out of 5
March 11, 2024

I would like to express my thanks to Simon Payne for the removal of the two large anal skin tags that were a terrible nuisance.

The procedure was painless due to the application of the numbing gel and subsequent injections and was completed quite quickly.

I had expected a lengthy healing process but was very surprised that after two to three weeks with little pain and no bleeding the problem had been successfully resolved.

I would certainly recommend consulting at his surgery and it was also far less expensive than other private clinics. Ten out of ten!

Susan Sparshatt

Highly recommended!!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 5, 2024

Simon removed four cysts from my head. He was very kind, attentive and a good listener during consultation. He explained everything clearly and I felt happy and confident to go ahead with the procedure. The removal took just 45 minutes and I am delighted with the results. In 6 weeks everything was healed and stitches gone, and no after care was needed. Thank you Simon.

Abigail Elson

Mole removal

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 1, 2024

Dr Simon Payne was very professional and friendly, he made me feel at ease, Becky, his assistant was awesome. I’m very happy with how the procedure went. Overall, the results are great and definitely given me a confidence boost. Thank you to both Simon and Becky