Vein Care Center

Foam Sclerotherapy

    Varicose veins are both unsightly and painful. But sometimes, just the thought of vein stripping or other invasive interventions is even scarier. The vein specialists at the Vein Care Center, with numerous locations in New York City and New Jersey, have a less invasive, highly successful treatment option called foam sclerotherapy. The process is simple and performed in the doctor’s office. You can leave and resume your normal activities afterward. These experts take the pain and fear of varicose vein treatment out of the equation with foam injection sclerotherapy. Call today for a consultation.

    What Is Foam Sclerotherapy?

    If you suffer from varicose veins, foam sclerotherapy is one of the vein treatments your doctor may recommend. This is a procedure in which a vein specialist injects a sclerosing agent mixed with a gas into a vein to destroy the walls of the blood vessel and kill it off. The sclerosing agent is an irritant that causes inflammation and scarring within the vein.

    The foam displaces blood in the vein to allow direct contact of the sclerosing agent with the thin membrane lining the inside of the blood vessel. The addition of the gas also allows the mixture to fill the affected vein completely and close it. This is an effective treatment for larger veins.

    At the Vein Care Center, the expert vein doctors, led by Dr. Jonathan Arad, have access to the latest medical technology, which increases the efficacy of their individualized treatments. The team operates in Midtown Manhattan, Upper East Side, the Financial District, and Greenwich Village in New York, as well as in Cranford, Paramus, Englewood Cliffs, East Brunswick and Riverdale, in New Jersey.

    What Is Foam Sclerotherapy vs. Sclerotherapy?

    Foam sclerotherapy differs from sclerotherapy for spider veins and sclerotherapy for varicose veins in various ways. While your doctor may recommend these injections into a vein for varicose vein treatment, the treatments are different in the way they work. Foam sclerotherapy:

    • May be ineffective, as the blood dilutes the concentration of the sclerosing agent
    • Involves the addition of a gas to the ordinary solution used in sclerotherapy
    • A smaller amount of the liquid solution is needed, as the gas expands it and allows it to fill the vein
    • Uses foam that’s visible through ultrasound imaging, making it easier for your doctor to guide it through the vein

    Only a vein specialist can determine which vein injection to use. Your board-certified vein specialists at the Vein Care Center specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins, spider veins and other vein conditions. They use individualized, interventional vein treatments for the best outcomes.

    What’s the Procedure for Foam Sclerotherapy?

    If you’ve been diagnosed with varicose veins, your doctor may recommend foam injection sclerotherapy. Expect your doctor to follow a set of procedural steps that include:

    • A vein consultation, during which your vein doctor reviews your condition, examines your legs and explains your treatment options
    • An ultrasound test, with which the doctor identifies the affected vein
    • Inserting a small needle into the vein with ultrasound guidance to inject the sclerosing foam
    • The foam material, pushing out the blood in the vein and coming into contact with the inner vein lining
    • The sclerosing agent, killing off the cells of the vein’s walls, which causes its collapse and breakdown
    • Blood in the vein finds another way to flow through surrounding healthy veins
    • A possible recommendation for further treatment sessions to increase the efficacy of the procedure

    You may experience minimal side effects from foam injection sclerotherapy, such as temporary inflammation around the injection site, allergic reaction, swelling on the injection site and mild discomfort and bruising. But risks and side effects are greatly reduced — and successful outcomes increased — when you rely on doctors specializing in vein treatments, such as the expert vein doctors at the Vein Care Center.

     

    "Doctors at the vein care center are the best and I have been going to them for years. I have never met a more professional and caring doctor.

    Alan L.

    Am I a Candidate for Foam Sclerotherapy?

    Foam sclerotherapy is a highly effective treatment for different vein conditions. This minimally invasive procedure also works to heal other vein conditions and symptoms. You may be a candidate for foam injection sclerotherapy if you:

    • Have spider veins or small varicose veins
    • Get unsightly veins result in self-image issues, lowering your self-esteem
    • Feel aching, throbbing pain or muscle spasms after sitting or standing for long periods of time
    • Develop a venous stasis ulcer
    • Have a history of blood clots in your family

    To determine if foam injection sclerotherapy is right for you, Dr. Arad carries out a review of your medical history, a physical exam and a close evaluation of your symptoms. The diagnosis forms the basis for a personalized treatment plan. The doctors at the Vein Care Center use foam injection sclerotherapy in combination with other advanced procedures, such as:

    Contact the team today for the most effective solution to all your vein conditions. There’s no reason to let vein problems affect your overall health or your quality of life.

    Page Updated on Feb 7, 2022 by Dr. Arad (Vein Doctor) of Vein Care Center