Treatment of varicose veins with radiofrequency and foam - foam sclerosis

Written by: Dr. Enrique Roche Rebollo
Published: | Updated: 23/10/2017
Edited by: Top Doctors®

¿What is the goal of treatment of varicose veins with radiofrequency and foam


Varicose veins are caused by venous insufficiency due to dilatation of the saphenous vein or small saphenous vein, therefore having an effect permanent flow of blood. What pursues is to seal the reflux treatment, close it without having to remove the vein.

¿? consisting in the treatment of varicose veins with radiofrequency and foam

We enter into the vein through a small wound 2 mm, introduce a tiny catheter and we do travel within the vein to the point of origin of venous insufficiency which is usually up to the saphenofemoral saphenous arch or arch -pupliteo. At that point we began to treat the vein from the inside by heat. The catheter is closing heat through the intima which is the innermost layer of the vein, and as will treating the vein will closing and removing the catheter along the entire length thereof. In addition, to avoid making the extraction of other branches, we add an injection of a substance called foamed polidocanol. With this technique we get scars without practically treat the entire length of the internal or external saphenous vein, and delete are tributary branches or side by the effect of the foam.

¿, is it different from the traditional technique ?

This technique provides eliminate all varicose veins without having to remove them from the body, ie the controlled lesion we produce over the vein gradually causes a shrinkage of the same going fibrosando ( reduce the size ) and drying to disappear.

¿What type of anesthesia will be used


Site punch is done under local anesthesia, the patient could be fully awake. Sometimes for patient comfort we chose the use of sedation. This involves the injection of a drug that allows the patient to remain more calm and relaxed during treatment.

¿, there risks or side effects


We can not say that there are specific risks associated with this technique, but the risks of any technique of treatment of varicose veins, such as venous thrombosis, ie the appearance of a clot in the venous system. There are other very specific cases where very thin patients may be that the catheter used causes an inflammation around the vein and that could be a little more annoying than the conventional technique, ie is starting the vein in the body. Overall complication rate is similar to any other technique used for the removal of varicose veins.

¿What results can be expected


Once we remove the varicose vein is convenient to make annual checks. It is understood that a correct result of 100 people, 25-30% of cases, patients may have new onset of varices. The advantage of combining a very aggressive technique as sclerosis with foam, is that in this case, in that 25-30% of patients, can be avoided with a simple injection of this product go to more varicose veins.

¿When I can resume my normal activities after treatment


The great advantage of this technique is that as the aggression is minimal can perform normal life the next day. The case of violent efforts, such as running vigorously, it is recommended to postpone it two or three weeks of treatment.

Vascular Surgery in Barcelona
*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Enrique Roche Rebollo
Vascular Surgery

Dr. Roche is a renowned specialist in Angiology and Vascular Surgery. He is currently head of service of this specialty at the University Hospital Sagrat Cor and the Hospital General de Catalunya, as well as having their own private practice. He has years of experience in the profession and extensive training, which has become a benchmark in a specialty trained in the US and a long career as chief and team manager. He stands out as an expert in sclerosis with foam, radiofrequency, cerebro-vascular disease, peripheral arterial disease and fistulas for hemodialysis, among many other treatments. She combines her clinical work with teaching, being associate professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Barcelona. On the other hand, he is the author of numerous specialty items and has intervened in various presentations, both as a speaker and organizer.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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