1st Edition

Foam Sclerotherapy: A Textbook

By John J. Bergan, Van Le Cheng Copyright 2008
    248 Pages 162 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The advent of foam sclerotherapy has been one of the most important developments in the field of phlebology. Just as surgery has evolved into more minimal invasion, so has the treatment of varicose veins. Foam sclerotherapy is quick, efficient, easy to use and inexpensive, and is widely believed to become the dominant form of therapy for varicose veins.

    Foam Sclerotherapy: A Textbook explores the key role of foam in the treatment of venous insufficiency, provides authoritative and comprehensive information and examines the advantages and drawbacks of this method in detail. Written by experts from four continents, the book is divided into three sections: Theory, Practice, and Special Considerations, and includes chapters on:

  • The history of sclerosant foams
  • Legal guidelines
  • Ultrasound guidance
  • Studies on safety
  • Treatment of venous malformations

    Foam Sclerotherapy: A Textbook is an essential textbook for all phlebologists, general surgeons, vascular surgeons, dermatologists, family physicians and gynaecologists who treat varicose veins, either full time or occasionally.

  • Contributing authors
    Foreword 1
    Foreword 2
    1. The history of sclerosant foams: persons, techniques, patents and medical improvements
    2. Dermatological manifestations of venous insufficiency
    3. Sclerotherapy of varicose veins — Guidelines of the German Society of Phlebology
    4. Legal guidelines for use of polidocanol and sodium tetradecyl sulfate for sclerotherapy
    5. The science of producing extemporary foam and its clinical results
    6. Ultrasound guidance for therapeutic interventions
    7. A personal method for foam sclerotherapy: technique and results
    8. Foam sclerotherapy with and without duplex ultrasound guidance
    9. Foam sclerotherapy for varicose veins: medium-term results as assessed by ultrasound
    10. Varisolve® polidocanol microfoam compared with surgery or sclerotherapy in the management of varicose veins in the presence of trunk vein incompetence: European randomized controlled trial
    11. Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy of large varicose veins
    12. Transition from alcohol to foam sclerotherapy for localized venous malformations with high risk
    13. Treatment of telangiectasias by sclerosing foam
    14. Comparison of polidocanol and sodium tetradecyl sulfate in the treatment of varicose and telangiectatic leg veins
    15. Lesser importance of the saphenous vein in varicose vein treatment
    16. Efficacy of polidocanol foam compared with polidocanol liquid in sclerotherapy of venous insufficiency
    17. Studies on safety of foam sclerotherapy
    18. Treatment of recurrent varicose veins by sclerosant foam
    19. Vascular malformations
    20. Treatment of venous malformations, Klippel–Trenaunay syndrome and other low-flow lesions with foamed sclerosants


    John J Bergan MD FACS FRCS (Hon)
    Vein Institute of La Jolla, CA and Department of Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA, USA
    Van Le Cheng MD
    UCSD Instructor of Surgery, SD Vein Institute,
    Encinitas, CA, USA

    Foam Sclerotherapy: A Textbook is a comprehensive advanced text reviewing the entire field of foam sclerotherapy and its application to the treatment of chronic venous disorders. For the clinician actively participating in the treatment of chronic venous disease, the book functions as a manual in how to utilize Foam Sclerotherapy as a treatment option, as well as providing an excellent overview of the current and historical literature in the field.
    Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Summer 2009