What is Foam Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins?
Foam sclerotherapy for varicose veins is a treatment option used to eliminate intermediate-sized veins that are too large to be treated with regular sclerotherapy and veins that cannot be treated with Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT). If a vein is too large, a microphlebectomy will need to be performed.
How does Foam Sclerotherapy work?
Foam is made by mixing the same liquid sclerosant that is used for sclerotherapy with air to form “micro-soap” bubbles. When the foam is injected into a vein the air pushes the blood out of the vein so it does not clot. The air is HARMLESS to you. The active part of the chemical sclerosant binds to the inner lining of the vein causing to seal and scar. The vein will usually disappear over the course of six weeks. A second treatment may be necessary if the vein does not seal after the first treatment.
side effects of Foam Sclerotherapy
Side effects from the procedure that you may experience are:
- bruising of the skin
- allergic reaction
- darkening of the skin
- extremely rare cases of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- A migraine headache may occur if you have a history of migraines
- Rarely temporary visual disturbances may occur.
What does the procedure feel like when it is being performed?
You may feel a slight burning sensation when the medication is injected into the vein.
Is Foam Sclerotherapy covered by insurance?
Most foam sclerotherapy procedures are covered by insurance. Our insurance coordinator will work closely with your insurance company to maximize your benefits and obtain any prior authorizations.
Foam Sclerotherapy treatment cost
Consultations for venous disorders are typically covered by your insurance. Most foam sclerotherapy procedures for symptomatic veins are covered by insurance. Co-pays and deductibles may apply. See our office for details. Non-covered foam sclerotherapy procedures start at $100. Please note: the final cost of the treatment depends upon the number and size of problem veins.
Who performs the procedure?
Your procedure will be performed by your vascular surgeon with the assistance a nurse.
What is used for the Foam Sclerotherapy?
If the veins are deep below the skin, ultrasound guidance is used. For the medication, liquid sclerosant is mixed with air to form micro “soap” bubbles, which are then injected into the problem vein.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions needed for treatment varies for each patient. The total amount of foam sclerotherapy sessions depends on the number and size of the varicose veins that require the procedure. Your vascular surgeon will evaluate your specific case and recommend a treatment plan that fits your unique case.
Where will the procedure be performed?
The procedure will be performed in your vascular surgeon’s office.
What Are The Chances Of Getting A Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) From Foam Sclerotherapy?
The chances of developing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) from foam sclerotherapy are rare. Although unusual, when a DVT occurs it is usually in a small vein and resolves rapidly with medicine.
If I need the procedure, how long will I have to wait for it to be performed?
If you are getting the procedure, you will typically have to wait one day to two weeks depending upon how long it takes to obtain insurance approval.
Foam Sclerotherapy treatment Aftercare
After treatment, you must wear a compression stocking and avoid strenuous exercise for three days following the procedure. You should resume walking immediately after the treatment, but only walking, as this movement helps with the recovery process.