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Why is foam sclerotherapy a better technique than traditional sclerotherapy ? Buffalo Niagara Vein Treatment Center
Friday, September 6, 2013



There are many articles describing advantages of foam sclerotherapy versus traditional sclerotherapy.  However an article that was published by Henriet in 1999 detailing a three year experience with foam sclerotherapy was important in making some observations that are relevant.  More than 10,000 patients were treated by Dr. Henriet with over 70,000 injections.  The advantages of foam sclerotherapy are as follows :



1.  Foam sclerotherapy utilizes lower concentrations of sclerosant solution. 



2.  Injection allows visual observation of the foam as it replaces blood in the telangiectasias. 



3.  Crepitation during injection is confirmation of foam passing into the vein from the syringe. 



4. Less bleeding is seen from the skin after extraction of the needle from the vein being injected 



5.  Total volume of sclerosant that is injected is less with foam sclerotherapy versus traditional sclerotherapy. 



6.  The likelihood of injection out of the vein is reduced due to the low concentration of sclerosant solution and volume of sclerosing agent with the foam sclerotherapy technique.



Foam sclerotherapy is a preferred technique for the injection of telangiectasias.  Telangiectasias are intradermal dilatations of the subpapillary venous plexus that are generally less than 1 mm in diameter.  They can be red in color or blue when they are larger than 0.2 mm in size.  They occur in isolated fashion or as arborizing or starburst patterns.


For the evaluation and treatment of telangiectasias with foam sclerotherapy contact Hratch Karamanoukian, MD FACS at the Vein Treatment Center with offices in Williamsville, New York and Clarence, New York.  Dr. Karamanoukian is board certified in surgery, thoracic surgery (cardiovascular surgery), and phlebology (diseases of the venous system and lymphatic system). and are partners with


Dr. Karamanoukian can be contacted by calling 716-839-3638.




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