Foam injections 'cheaper and less painful' for varicose veins

Posted on 26 September 2011

Foam injections could treat varicose veins more effectively, according to research, with the condition being common among older individuals paying for care.

Researchers from the Imperial College London found that foam injections could cause less pain for varicose vein patients, while also saving the NHS money.

Foam therapy was found to be over four times more cost-effective than laser treatment, and also allowed patients to recover more quickly, according to the study which was presented at the annual meeting of the European Vascular Society in Athens.

Mr George Geroulakos, from the Department of Surgery and Cancer at the university, commented: "Because varicose veins are so common, the NHS has to spend a lot of money on treatments each year.

"If more people are treated with foam injections instead of surgery or laser treatment, the potential savings could be enormous."

However, those looking for information on varicose veins online should be wary, if recent research is correct.

In a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a group of neurologists warned that while the internet is a valuable source of medical information, the facts found online may not always be accurate.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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