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Varicose veins are a common problem, affecting up to 1 in 3 adults in their lifetime. They are usually a sign of an underlying venous insufficiency. Follow the link below to find out more.
Thread veins can appear anywhere on the body but are mostly evidenced on the legs and face. They are more common than varicose veins, affecting up to 80% of adults. Follow the link below to find out more.
Leg ulcers appear as broken skin in the lower leg or feet. We have been successfully treating venous leg ulcers for over 20 years. Follow the link below to find out more.
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What is foam sclerotherapy?
Foam sclerotherapy is a common treatment for varicose veins.
Performed under ultrasound control, a drug is injected into the veins. This drug destroys the internal lining of the veins and thereby the actual veins themselves die off and gradually disappear. The drug (Sodium Tetradecyl Sulphate) is far more effective if made up with gas into a foam.
Although some doctors use foam sclerotherapy as the primary (only) treatment for varicose veins it is not nearly so effective as laser for destroying the larger veins which most patients have underlying their problem. We therefore normally use the more effective laser as primary treatment and only use foam sclerotherapy for a secondary treatment after laser to treat the actual varicose veins rather than their source. This is in line with NICE guidance.
The majority of people require both treatments.