Foam Sclerotherapy

The answer to problem veins that feed leg ulcers

We use foam sclerotherapy to effectively treat varicose veins that feed leg ulcers. The in-office procedure doesn’t require anesthesia and generally takes less than an hour.

Foam sclerotherapy not only improves the appearance of varicose veins, the treatment can also help to reduce symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Aching
  • Swelling
  • Burning
  • Night cramps

What’s Involved?
We begin by applying a topical anesthetic to the treatment area. Once the area is numb, we inject a foam solution into problem veins and use ultrasound technology to make sure the foam spreads effectively. The foam causes the veins to scar, harden and close so blood no longer fills them. When the blood cannot flow through the veins, they disappear.

Although most sclerotherapy techniques use a liquid, foam sclerotherapy relies on a foam mixture. The foam replaces the blood in the vein being treated. This means the active ingredients stay in direct contact with the vein wall longer, allowing the foam to work more effectively than liquid agents, which can get diluted by blood flow. Also, the foam is visible on ultrasound, and its placement, spread, and effects can be guided and tracked more effectively.

Foam sclerotherapy has been shown to be more effective than sclerotherapy using a liquid solution for larger veins.

What Are The Results?
Typically, a body will absorb the diseased vein and blood is rerouted to healthy veins within a few weeks. If you are treated for small varicose veins or spider veins, you can usually expect to see results in three to six weeks. Larger veins may require three to four months. Treated veins generally don’t come back, but new veins may appear.

Wearing a compression stocking for two weeks following treatment provides the best results.

We will schedule a follow-up visit a few weeks after the procedure to check on how you are doing and decide whether you need additional sessions. Some patients require multiple treatments.