Foam sclerotherapy

Foam sclerotherapy is another treatment option offered at Hadley Wood Hospital for varicose veins.

Reasons for foam sclerotherapy

This is a newer treatment and is faster and less invasive than surgery, although surgery may sometimes be more suitable in some cases.

Foam sclerotherapy is similar to the sclerotherapy treatment used for repairing thread veins and involves injecting a solution into the veins, causing the vein lining to become sticky and swell. However, with foam sclerotherapy, the solution is mixed with air in order to create a foam. The vein will be sealed off and begin to shrink.

You’ll need to wear compression stockings for a period of time afterwards. Your leg may be sore for a few days but it’s a good idea to keep mobile with short walks. Your consultant will advise on when it’s sensible to return to work and more strenuous physical activity, plus other advice such as keeping your leg elevated when sitting for long periods.

Foam sclerotherapy is not 100% effective in all cases and often a series of treatments are required, but most people see significant improvements in the appearance of their varicose veins.

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