What is Foam Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins?
Foam sclerotherapy for varicose veins is a treatment option that can eliminate intermediate-sized veins that are too large for regular sclerotherapy. This treatment also targets veins that Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT) is unable to treat. If a vein is too large, a microphlebectomy will be the next treatment option.
How does Foam Sclerotherapy work?
In prepping for the treatment, any veins we find deep below the skin require ultrasound guidance. 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.
Does Sclerotherapy Hurt?
You may feel a slight burning sensation when we inject the medication into the 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.
Foam Sclerotherapy Patient Testimonial
“Dr. Collier made my life happy again! Last summer, I was wearing compression stockings in 95 degree heat. After the ablation in one leg and many various foam injections covering the rest of my legs, I can leave the house without my stockings. I feel like a new person! I wouldn’t trust anyone, but Dr. Collier and his staff to do any future procedures. They are the best!!”
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.
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 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.
Foam Sclerotherapy treatment cost
Insurances will most frequently cover consultations for venous disorders. Most foam sclerotherapy procedures for symptomatic veins are covered by insurance. Co-pays and deductibles may apply. Our insurance coordinator will work closely with your insurance company to maximize your benefits and obtain any prior authorizations.
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.
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.