Silicone Compression Pad
After surgical vein removal, eccentric compression is well established to minimize hematoma. After endovenous treatment and in particular after sclerofoam therapy eccentric compression helps to minimize the contained blood volume and thus reduce symptoms during the weeks of vein regression.
However, eccentric compression had to be "home made" with tissue rolls, plasters and bandages. A continuous long-term wearing was not an option, or by neglecting personal hygiene.
Since 2011 we worked on silicones to be individually applied from a cartridge. All kinds of vein shapes and sizes could be compressed exactly according to the anatomic requirements. By applying the silicone between two very thin self-adhesive film layers, mechanical skin irritations were almost totally eliminated. Patients could take daily showers, work and do sports. First results were published in 2014 (see Literature).
The invention of silicone gel pad definitely means the end of surgical phlebectomy, as better results are achieved by a far more comfortable modality.
Currently we are evaluating very soft silicones for application in the sensitive popliteal area, a more solid version for use along saphenous veins and a fast-hardening version for use on spider veins.