Foam sclerotherapy is a safe and effective method for treating troublesome varicose and spider veins through injecting a detergent-like agent, which has been suspended in foam, directly into the lumen of the vein. This method is so effective because the foam fills the entire cavity of the vein enabling us to treat larger veins. The use of foam sclerosants allows the active chemical ingredients to remain in contact with the vessel wall for an extended period, enhancing the effectiveness of these foam treatments. The Food and Drug Administration have cleared this advanced form of sclerotherapy for use in the United States which means it is now an available option for our patients here at Carolina Vein Associates.
How do we create the foam sclerosant for this procedure?
Just before each foam sclerotherapy treatment to eliminate spider and varicose veins, your doctor will craft the foam sclerosant in the clinic. Using the same chemical formula as included in traditional sclerotherapy, your doctor uses two syringes fitted with a bubble emulsification filter and begins a back and forth motion of each syringe. This motion of sclerosant moving through the emulsification filter creates the foam used in this treatment. The system we use at Carolina Vein Associates is a closed system that prepares a sterilized medication that is both safe for the body and effective in closing varicose veins.
The Foam Sclerotherapy Advantage
Foam sclerotherapy has two distinct advantages over traditional sclerotherapy procedures. Because the sclerosing agent is delivered as foam, it is able to displace the blood in the vessel being treated. This means the sclerosing formula is able to be in direct contact with the vessel wall for a longer period, allowing it to work more efficiently than liquid agents which may be diluted by blood flow. Also, the foam is readily visible on ultrasound imaging, and its placement, ability to spread, and fast acting effects can be guided and tracked more closely as a result.
Are there side effects with foam sclerotherapy?
The foam sclerotherapy treatment has few side effects, but compression hose should be worn for at least two weeks after treatment. It typically takes about six weeks for the veins to disappear completely after foam sclerotherapy. The injection site may be slightly sore, and some bruising may occur, but the veins will no longer cause you pain. Once these affected veins are gone, they will not return in the future. However, other varicose and spider veins may develop which is why we stress venous ultrasound exams before all treatments to evaluate the condition of preexisting venous insufficiency. Removing varicose and spider veins is a common practice with only positive benefits that improve the appearance of the body and blood flow. We offer a selection of treatment options for varicose and spider veins, so you’re sure to find the best method for you.
To schedule your consultation for foam sclerotherapy and venous ultrasound exam, please call Carolina Vein Associates in North Carolina at (704) 684-4511. Carolina Vein Associates is the premier, foam sclerotherapy, treatment center helping patients in Mooresville, Lake Norman, and Charlotte.