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Is foam sclerotherapy as or more effecfiive as traditional sclerotherapy? Are there more risks?
The appropriate use of foam sclerotherapy depends on the size and function of the vessels in question. Most experts still recommend liquid sclerotherapy for small superficial vessels such as spider veins. For medium size vessels which are incompetent foam sclerotherapy may be an appropriate treatment to consider. There are risks related to foam sclerotherapy which occur in rare situations including minor transient visual symptoms or cough; and more serious but extremely rare neurological complications including stroke.
Foam sclerotherapy has become the standard of care when we are using sclerotherapy. It is very safe, provided it is done by an experienced Vein Specialist.
These are two different procedures. The foam sclerotherapy is performed
under ultrasound by a physician. Traditional sclerotherapy is performed by
a registered nurse.
The efficacy of sclerotherapy is dependent on many variables including type of sclerotherapy. concentration,veins treated and, most importantly, the experience of the person performing the treatment. I prefer foam over liquid. Any sclerotherapy can have potential risks and you can discuss the risks of foam with your vein specialist. I have used foam for over 12 years and have not had any major problems and very few minor problems.
We reserve foam sclerotherapy for larger veins that are not near the surface of the skin. Foam is a more potent solution, with greater chances of side effects.