Microespuma, tratamiento para las varices sin cirugía

Written by: Dr. Gonzalo Villa Martín
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Much of the population suffers from a varicose veins problem. This problem can be expressed in varying degrees, but in general it often causes significant discomfort and aesthetic problems.


What are varicose veins

Varicose veins are veins that do not function properly, so there is an increase in pressure inside and outside the vein. This involves a dilation that causes different symptoms:


  • Heaviness or leg pain 
  • Fatigue 
  • Cramps 
  • Itch 
  • Restless legs 
  • Phlebitis 
  • Bleeding 
  • Injury to the skin 
  • Ulcers


Treatment for varicose veins

When someone perceives that they have varicose veins, it is important that the patient undergoes a revision by the vascular surgeon to indicate the severity of the problem. In this review a physical examination will be made and the status of the venous circulation will be assessed, which will allow to establish the severity of the problem and to choose the most appropriate treatment.

Traditionally, varicose veins have been treated by surgery. In this process the affected venous trunk is extracted along with the collateral veins that are varicose. This treatment is considered aggressive and requires anesthesia. The major problem appears in the postoperative period, which can be very annoying and does not allow an immediate reincorporation into normal life. This surgery also involves nerve injuries, causing areas of the skin that lose sensitivity, bruising or scarring.

Image of the before and after the intervention. 

The treatment for varicose veins less aggressive and effective is sclerosis with microfoam. This consists of an injection of a sclerosing agent into the affected veins. This injection provides an inflammation that contributes to the disappearance of the varices and the main venous axis on which they depend. This treatment can be done on an outpatient basis and without anesthesia, so that the patient can walk at the moment and does not suffer a postoperative that prevents him from entering normal life immediately.

Another non-aggressive treatment is the administration of microfoam through a catheter. By means of a puncture in the injured venous axis it is possible to eliminate the varices, also allowing to treat both legs in a session, something that can not be done with the surgery. This treatment is also done in the outpatient setting, but under local anesthesia. With this treatment also can become normal life after finishing the intervention.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Gonzalo Villa Martín
Vascular Surgery

Renowned specialist in Angiology and Vascular Surgery, Dr. Villa Martin has a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Oviedo since 1992 and a specialist in Angiology and Vascular Surgery at the Central Hospital of Asturias. He has also completed the first and second Academic course of the Doctoral Program "Advances in Oncology" by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Oviedo in 1995 and 1996 and the course of Recruitment of Directors of X-ray facilities in Pamplona in 2002. He has He combined his care work with teaching, being a professor of different courses at the Central Hospital of Asturias, and with the dissemination of his knowledge with the participation in different conferences, meetings and scientific congresses nationwide. He currently belongs to the medical staff of the San Miguel de Pamplona Clinic and has his own private practice in Donostia.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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