foam sclerotherapy

Treating Varicose Veins with Foam Sclerotherapy

Varicose veins…those bulging, annoying and often painful veins… commonly appear on the legs. While you can’t wish them away or make them disappear with a lotion or cream…foam sclerotherapy might be an effective solution to finally and permanently rid your legs of varicose veins. How Can Foam Sclerotherapy Help You? Foam sclerotherapy is a popular treatment that is used to treat varicose veins. It is a simple procedure that will only require 30 minutes or less. The first step is to identify the extent of your problems. Ultrasound technology is often used to determine whether the veins at the skin surface are an isolated problem or if they are a result of underlying flow abnormalities. The ultrasound examinations are typically covered by insurance. If underlying problems are discovered, those are the first issues that are dealt with. Typically, the treatments we offer to deal with underlying flow problems in the saphenous veins (see are also covered by most insurance carriers and Medicare. Once underlying problems have been ruled-out or dealt with, the next step is treating the varicose veins themselves. Foam sclerotherapy is a safe and effective non-surgical technique that allows me to make varicose veins shrink and fade away just by gently injecting a chemical inside the vein. This chemical mildly irritates the walls of the veins, making them collapse and start to shrivel up over time. The blood will no longer be able to flow through treated veins and can instantly be re-routed to other, healthier veins. After the procedure, you will be required to wear compression stockings to improve the circulation in your legs and the outcome of the procedure. Gradually, the symptoms as well as the veins will fade away. Are You a Good Candidate for this Procedure? The only way to find out if foam sclerotherapy is advised for you is to speak with Dr. David Rosen. If you have a condition that puts you at risk of forming blood clots, you may be advised to avoid the procedure. If you are given the go-ahead, lifestyle changes may help you to maintain your results, […]

Do You Need a Surgeon to Remove Varicose Veins? Not Anymore!

What is Foam Sclerotherapy? If you’re looking for a vein clinic that offers state-of-the-art treatments to eliminate your varicose veins, look no further. As a premiere vein clinic in the Chicago / North Shore area, Rosen Vein Care offers a very safe, effective, comfortable treatment called foam sclerotherapy to accomplish this goal. How does it work? Sclerotherapy in general is a non-surgical procedure in which Dr. Rosen injects a chemical called a sclerosant into the varicose vein. This chemical starts a process that convinces your body to close the vein and permanently seal it and help it fade away over time. Time is the key element to remember: sclerotherapy starts a process that your body finishes; healing takes time…from weeks to even months depending on the extent of a patients issues. In foam sclerotherapy, a “soapy” chemical called Sodium Tetradecyl Sulfate (STS) is used. This detergent sclerosant is able to be turned into a foam which is then injected into the varicose vein. The beauty of foam sclerotherapy is that a dilute solution of STS is actually rendered more effective at treating larger-sized veins merely by foaming it, rather than having to resort to a stronger concentration of chemical. What happens during the procedure? Once ensuring the patient is comfortable, Dr. Rosen will locate the target vein. By using either a special gadget called a veinlite or ultrasound guidance, the chemical can be safely ensured to be placed within, and not next to, the vein. At the end of the procedure, some gauze and tape is applied over the treated vein(s).  Compression stockings are then placed. Following this, the legs are elevated for 10 minutes. Then you are on your way! Patients can return to most routine activities IMMEDIATELY after the procedure. What happens after the procedure? Patients are recommended to wear the compression stockings for a few weeks. While the data is limited, research suggests that results may be improved by wearing compression stockings as directed. While we would love for all patients to need only one treatment, realistically speaking, it may take several treatments, spaced out 2+ weeks […]