I had foam sclerotherapy and the foam has partially occluded my previously healthy great saphenous vein.

My great saphenous vein which was healthy has become occluded in small segments running down from my groin after having foam. What should I do? Will it start to reflux and cause problems in the coming months? How did this happen and is it common?

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Replied on 5/30/2011

By: Vanish Vein and Laser Center  |  John Landi,MD,FACS,RPVI,RPhS, Diplomate ABVLM
Naples, FL

After foam sclerotherapy the foam can migrate into the saphenous and cause clotting of portions of the saphenous vein. Fortunately, this happens infrequently. Segmental occlusion of the saphenous should not cause reflux or future problems. I periodically see patients with your exact problems occurring without foam and they do not develop any problems from segmental saphenous vein occlusion.

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