- Semih Barlas
- Cihangir Çelik
Visual foam sclerotherapy (VFS)
Used to treat visible red colured spider veins and small varicose veins (less than 5mm) near the surface of the skin. A painless foam sclerosant is injected into the veins using very fine needles, causing them to shut-down. Sessions last 60-90 minutes and the patients return to daily activity right after.
Ambulatory phlebectomy (AP)
It is a minimally invasive surgical treatment for the removal of large varicose veins (larger than 5mm) just beneath the surface of the skin. Local anesthesia and 1 mm large incisons that do not require any stitches are used and the patient can go back daily life the next day.
Endovenous Truncal / Thermal ablation (EVTA)
It is the modern alternative to the classical and invasive vein stripping surgery. Under local anesthesia and a very precise doppler ultrasound guidance, either a radiofrequency or laser catheter is guided into the leg vein (Great / Small Saphenous) through a 1mm large opening. The catheter then delivers heat energy directly to the wall of the damaged vein. As the catheter is removed, the damaged vein seals shut. Procedure lasts 9-17 minutes/per vein and the patients return to normal activity the next day. With the number of successfully treated patients per year, American Hospital is one of the leaders of EVTA treatment.
Doppler Guided Chemical Blockage/Sclerotherapy (DGS)
Either used as an additional therapy after the EVTA procedure or alone to cure larger-deeper varicosities. The solution is injected into the exact source of venous reflux using doppler ultrasound imaging. The treated vein chemically shrinks after the procedure. Procedure lasts 5-10 minutes and the patient returns to normal activity immediately.