Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment used to treat varicose and spider veins. The procedure involves the injection of a solution directly into the affected veins, causing them to shrink and eventually disappear. Newer variation on the technique is to create a foam using sclerosant solution and either CO2 gas or air, and to inject this foam. Foam sclerotherapy is more effective and uses less sclerosant solution. The difference between varicose and spider veins are size and appearance. Imagine your venous system as a tree, where varicose veins would be a major branch, and spider veins would be the leaves. You can learn more about varicose veins here.
How Does It Work?
Sclerotherapy for varicose veins We use an effective combination of ultrasound and foam to treat varicose veins (as shown in the following diagram):
- Varicose vein is located with ultrasound.
- Catheter is inserted into the vein.
- Foam infused causing the vein to contract.
- Closed vein following treatment.
While Sclerotherapy is performed to treat both spider and varicose veins, varicose vein assessments require Doctor’s Referral.