Foam Sclerotherapy for the Treatment of Varicose Veins
Sclerotherapy for the treatment of varicose veins involves the use of a sclerosant (a substance which seals up blood vessels when injected) and has been used for many years to treat small varicose veins. Over recent years a technique has been developed which allows sclerotherapy to be used to treat larger varicose veins (up to 1cm in diameter). This involves mixing the sclerosant with air bubbles to create a foam.
Local anaesthesia is used to numb the skin and using ultrasound scanning, a small amount of foam is injected into the vein being treated. Following the procedure a bandage and stocking are sited on the leg which need to remain in place for around 1 week. The stocking should be worn for a further week after the bandage is removed. Some patients require a second injection for residual veins after a period of 3 to 4 weeks. Most patients are able to return to their normal routine immediately following foam sclerotherapy treatment for varicose veins.
Complications are unusual but include bruising or discomfort around the needle site, phlebitis, a small area of skin discoloration overlying the vein and rarely, ulceration.
We are situated in the North West, in the city of Chester. Many of our patients come to us from Liverpool, Manchester, the Wirral, St Helens, Stockport, Warrington and North Wales.
We are happy to help anyone that lives outside of these areas too!