Foam Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment in Glen Mills, PA
Treatment for Varicose Veins
Some veins, especially large varicose veins, are too large to inject a liquid agent to successfully seal them. Varicose veins are diagnosed as large, ropy veins commonly in the legs or from symptoms of aching pain if the vein isn’t seen on the surface. The liquid agent would simply mix with the blood and be too dilute to be effective. For these larger veins it is necessary to mix the liquid with gas to create a “foam.” The foam is injected into the vein, most commonly under ultrasound image guidance, and is very successful at closing larger veins. Foam sclerotherapy can be performed on varicose and spider veins in the legs, feet, arms, and hands.
Depending on the size of the vein, the foam may need to be injected as more than one site. Like sclerotherapy, the agent used in foam sclerotherapy will cause the vein walls to collapse, your body will absorb it, and blood will reroute through healthier veins.
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In-Office Vein Treatment
It is a painless, in-office procedure at our Glen Mills vein center. Anesthesia is not necessary, so after the procedure, you can drive yourself home. The recovery time after this vein treatment is very quick and most patients continue with their normal routine the same day as the procedure. Compression stockings may be recommended for a week after the procedure. A follow up appointment with our vein specialists to ensure the treatment was successful. More than one procedure may be recommended for you based on the size of the veins.
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The Vein Specialists at The Vein Center at Brinton Lake
This procedure is usually successful to treat varicose and spider veins, especially if another vein treatment procedure was tried and not successful. Preparation and injection of foam requires a special skill-set. The physicians at the Vein Center at Brinton Lake have successfully treated over one thousand patients using this technique. If the size of the vein is too large, other treatments may be recommended over foam sclerotherapy, like venous ablation.