Sclerotherapy is a procedure performed to treat vascular malformations. Vascular malformation is the name given to describe several different types of abnormal links between blood or lymph vessels.
These malformations are usually present at birth and tend to grow as the child develops. They are often asymptomatic (producing no symptoms) until adulthood. They may grow more rapidly due to hormonal changes or trauma around the area.
There are 2 ways to perform foam sclerotherapy;
Your treatment options will be discussed with you on the day of your consultation.
Foam sclerotherapy is performed to eliminate the flow/communication of blood/lymph between these abnormal structures. It is a treatment that is performed to provide symptomatic relief of the malformation, especially pain and swelling. It can also lighten areas of discoloration, especially on the face. It can be performed multiple times if necessary or in conjunction with surgery (if applicable).
You will need to present to the Day Procedure Unit on the day of your procedure – your admission time will be sent to you with your appointment time. This will allow the nurses time to complete your admission paperwork and any other tests that may be required such as blood tests or pre-medication.
You will be required to fast for 4 hours before you procedure – this means no food or fluids. You may take any regular medication with a small sip of water. Please continue to take your blood pressure medication. Please bring a list of your medications with you.
Please contact MIVIR if you are taking medication for the following;