Ablation therapy (foam or liquid sclerotherapy)

What is ablation?

Ablation or “sclerotherapy” has been used for varicose vein treatment for decades. For this treatment, a drug is injected into the vein, which causes the vein walls to stick together. After treatment, the vein “dies.”

Which patients are eligible for sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy can generally be used to treat all kinds of varicose veins. For large veins, surgical methods and catheterization methods such as laser are more effective, however. In 80% of laser therapy treatments, small varicose veins, for instance, on the lower leg, are also ablated during the same procedure.

How do I prepare for the procedure?

You do not need to fast before you undergo sclerotherapy. After the test, you should walk around for about 30 minutes. Following sclerotherapy, you should undergo compression therapy (see the Sclerotherapy information and consent sheet).