Foam sclerotherapy

Waterfront Hospital Edinburgh, Scotland

Foam sclerotherapy, also known as ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, is a highly effective treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. This minimally invasive procedure uses a specialised foam solution to target and treat problematic veins, guided by advanced ultrasound technology. Widely recognised for its precision and effectiveness, Foam sclerotherapy has become a popular choice for patients seeking relief from venous issues with minimal downtime.

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Foam Sclerotherapy

    None required
    30-60 MINUTES
    Outpatient procedure
    No time off work is required

What the Procedure Involves

Foam Sclerotherapy involves several precise steps to ensure optimal results and patient safety:

  1. Consultation and Assessment: A thorough examination and ultrasound imaging are performed to map out the veins and plan the treatment.
  2. Preparation: The treatment area is cleaned and prepared, and a local anaesthetic may be applied to ensure comfort.
  3. Injection of Foam Solution: Using ultrasound guidance, a fine needle is used to inject a specially formulated foam solution directly into the targeted veins. The foam displaces blood within the vein, causing it to collapse and eventually be reabsorbed by the body.
  4. Post-Injection Monitoring: The treated area is monitored with ultrasound to ensure proper closure of the veins.
  5. Compression and Aftercare: Compression stockings are applied to aid healing and improve results.

Benefits and Expected Outcomes

Foam Sclerotherapy offers numerous benefits, including:

  • High Success Rate: Effective in treating large and medium-sized varicose veins.
  • Minimally Invasive: Requires no incisions and has minimal discomfort.
  • Quick Recovery: Patients can return to normal activities shortly after the procedure.
  • Improved Aesthetics: Results in smoother, clearer skin with reduced vein visibility.
  • Health Benefits: Alleviates symptoms like pain, swelling, and heaviness associated with varicose veins.

Patients can expect to see gradual improvement over a few weeks as the treated veins fade. Multiple sessions may be required for optimal results.

Who is an Ideal Candidate?

Ideal candidates for Foam Sclerotherapy include:

  • Individuals with visible varicose veins (large or medium).
  • Patients experiencing discomfort or symptoms related to varicose veins.
  • Those looking for a minimally invasive treatment option.
  • Patients who have realistic expectations and are in good overall health.

Patients with certain medical conditions or pregnant women may need to consider alternative treatments.

Risks and considerations

As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects, including:

  • Mild discomfort or bruising at the injection site.
  • Temporary swelling or redness.
  • Rarely allergic reactions or blood clots.

At Waterfront Private Hospital, we prioritise patient safety and take extensive measures to minimise these risks. Our highly trained staff and state-of-the-art facilities ensure the highest standards of care.

Aftercare and recovery

Post-procedure care is crucial for optimal recovery:

  • Compression Stockings: Worn for several days to support vein closure and reduce swelling.
  • Activity: Patients are encouraged to walk and stay active, avoiding strenuous activities for a short period.
  • Follow-Up: Regular follow-up appointments to monitor progress and address any concerns.

Our dedicated team provides comprehensive aftercare instructions and support to ensure a smooth recovery process.


Frequently asked questions about foam sclerotherapy

What is Foam Sclerotherapy?

Foam Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure for treating varicose and spider veins. It involves injecting a foam solution into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and eventually be reabsorbed by the body. This technique is often guided by ultrasound to ensure precision and effectiveness.

How does ultrasound guidance improve the procedure?

Ultrasound guidance allows for real-time visualisation of the veins, ensuring accurate placement of the foam solution. This enhances the effectiveness of the treatment and minimises the risk of complications, making it a highly reliable method for vein treatment.

Is Foam Sclerotherapy painful?

Most patients experience minimal discomfort during Foam Sclerotherapy. A local anaesthetic may be used to numb the injection site. Patients may feel a slight burning or tingling sensation as the foam is injected, but this typically subsides quickly.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions required varies depending on the severity and extent of the vein issues. While some patients see significant improvement after one session, others may need multiple treatments to achieve optimal results.

What are the potential side effects of Foam Sclerotherapy?

Common side effects include mild bruising, swelling, and redness at the injection site. These usually resolve within a few days. Rare side effects include allergic reactions, blood clots, or skin discolouration. Our medical team takes all necessary precautions to minimise these risks.

How should I prepare for my Foam Sclerotherapy appointment?

Patients should avoid applying lotions or creams to their legs on the day of the procedure. Wearing loose-fitting clothing and bringing compression stockings to the appointment is recommended. Your doctor will provide specific instructions during your consultation.

Can Foam Sclerotherapy be used on any vein type?

Foam Microsclerotherapy is effective for treating both large varicose veins and smaller spider veins. However, your doctor will assess your condition to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific vein issues.

What is the difference between Foam Sclerotherapy and traditional microsclerotherapy?

The primary difference lies in the form of the sclerosing agent. Foam Sclerotherapy uses a foamed solution, which can cover a larger surface area within the vein, making it particularly effective for larger veins. Traditional sclerotherapy uses a liquid solution, which is often better suited for smaller veins.

How soon will I see results after the procedure?

Patients typically begin to see improvement within a few weeks as the treated veins fade. Full results may take several months to become apparent. Multiple sessions may be needed for optimal results.

Is there any downtime after Foam Sclerotherapy?

One of the advantages of Foam Sclerotherapy is minimal downtime. Patients can usually resume normal activities immediately after the procedure, though they should avoid strenuous exercise and prolonged standing for a few days.

Can I undergo Foam Sclerotherapy if I am pregnant?

Foam Sclerotherapy is generally not recommended for pregnant women. It is best to wait until after pregnancy to undergo vein treatment. Your doctor can provide guidance based on your specific situation.

What are the long-term benefits of Foam Sclerotherapy?

In addition to improving the appearance of your legs, Foam Sclerotherapy can alleviate symptoms associated with varicose veins, such as pain, swelling, and heaviness. Long-term benefits include better leg health and reduced risk of complications from untreated varicose veins.

Can Foam Sclerotherapy treat veins in areas other than the legs?

While primarily used for leg veins, Foam Sclerotherapy can also be effective for treating veins in other areas, such as the arms or face, depending on the specific case. Your doctor will evaluate the suitability of this treatment for your condition.

What should I do if I notice any unusual symptoms after the procedure?

If you experience unusual symptoms such as severe pain, significant swelling, or signs of infection, contact your doctor immediately. While complications are rare, it is important to address any concerns as soon as possible.

Why choose Waterfront Private Hospital for Foam Sclerotherapy?

Waterfront Private Hospital offers unparalleled expertise in Foam Sclerotherapy with state-of-the-art facilities and a team of experienced vascular specialists. Our commitment to patient care, advanced technology, and personalised treatment plans ensure you receive the highest quality care.

If you would like more information or to schedule a consultation, you can contact Waterfront Private Hospital today. Our dedicated team is here to answer any additional questions and guide you through your vein treatment journey.

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