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Sclerotherapy + Foam Injections

Sclerotherapy is a treatment option for thread veins in the legs – a common problem that, although harmless, often causes distress as the sufferer can feel self-conscious particularly when the veins appear on an exposed area of the legs. There's no need to suffer with this embarrassing condition – sclerotherapy and foam injections are safe, effective procedures to treat the problem so that when summer comes you'll have beautiful vein-free legs you'll be proud to show off.

Dr Steve Tristram, Vascular Physician

Dr Steve Tristram is a specialist in vascular surgery. His expertise is in the scanning and treatment by injection and compression sclerotherapy of leg veins. This technique allows for the treatment of larger blue veins (reticular and varicose veins) which in the past would only be amenable to surgical treatment. Also the use of "foam" as the agent which is injected has revolutionised the treatment of larger leg veins by injection. He uses a Duplex scanner which allows him to identify problems in the larger vessels such as "leaking" valves and perforator veins which are the usual source of thread veins and varicose veins. The scanner also allows him to accurately visualise and safely inject larger veins which would be sometimes impossible with the naked eye. It is important to provide the right compression to these veins after treatment and we provide the correct medical grade compression stockings for this purpose. Dr Tristram and the Nurses inject small thread veins. We are very happy that we can provide a very comprehensive and up to date service for the treatment of the vast majority of leg vein problems. The Experienced Nurse Prescribers at Nakedhealth were trained by Dr Tristram and work closely with him.

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Dr Steve Tristram Consultation £85
Nurse Consultation FREE
Ultra Sound Scan - prices from £100
Foam Injections - price will be advised during your consultation  
Sclerotherapy Treatment - price will be advised during your consultation  

FAQs

What is Liquid Sclerotherapy?

What is Liquid Sclerotherapy? This is the preferred treatment for the small "spider veins" and sometimes for reticular veins. Liquid sclerotherapy is performed with the patient lying on a couch in the consulting room and involves injecting a detergent-like material (the 'sclerosant') into the veins so that they empty of blood and shrivel up.

What is Duplex guided foam sclerotherapy (DGFS)?

This is a variation of liquid sclerotherapy that has been used widely around the world and by Dr Tristram extensively for over 10 years. It can be used instead of surgery to treat some 'trunk' varicose veins and some reticular veins. A needle is placed into the main vein feeding the varicose vein. Once the needle is in position, the leg being treated is sometimes raised to empty all the veins. The foam is prepared and injected into the vein. The foam spreads along the vein and is followed either using direct vision or the ultrasound machine. When it reaches the upper end of the vein being treated (in the groin or behind the knee) firm pressure is applied to the vein to compress it. Injection of foam continues as the foam spreads along the varicose vein. In about 90% of cases, only one injection of foam is needed. In about 10% of cases repeat injections are required. The injection causes no pain in the leg, although sometimes some tightness can be felt.

Do I need to wear a stocking afterwards?

Compression is absolutely vital for a safe and successful outcome. Following foam and some (but not all) liquid sclerotherapy we apply a firm bandage and compression stocking to the leg. The bandage can usually be removed after 4 -6 days but the stocking should be worn continuously for 14 days.

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