Approximately 27 percent of American adults have some type of venous disease in their legs, according to the Vascular Disease Foundation. This equates to an estimated 20 to 25 million people in the U.S. who suffer from one of many serious venous diseases and disorders, and the numbers are even higher among older Americans.
Venous insufficiency is most often caused by either blood clots or varicose veins. With healthy veins there is a constant flow of blood from the limbs back to the heart. When blood flow is restricted, such as a blood clot, blood builds up and can lead to venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is associated with:
Symptoms of venous insufficiency include:
Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when your leg veins don’t allow blood to flow back up to your heart. Normally, the valves in your veins make sure that blood flows toward your heart. But when these valves don’t work well, blood can also flow backwards. This can cause blood to collect (pool) in your legs.
You are more likely to have this condition if you are:
The effective, gentle varicose vein treatment can help restore your sense of well-being and is an alternative to surgery.
Varithena is minimally invasive and doesn’t involve surgical vein stripping, eliminating the associated risks. You avoid general anesthesia, sedation and incisions. Varithena does not require multiple injections to numb the treatment site, unlike most thermal procedures, and doesn’t leave permanent foreign bodies behind after treatment.
Varithena® can treat a variety of varicose veins, both above and below the knee, including:
Your physician will begin by performing an ultrasound to assess the diseased veins in your leg and map out where, specifically, they will administer the Varithena®.
Using either a catheter or direct injection, your physician will then administer Varithena®, placing mild pressure on the leg to help distribute the microfoam particles and collapse the diseased vein(s). Ultrasound technology will be used to monitor the position of the catheter throughout the procedure.
Once complete, the catheter will be removed. The site will be covered with a bandage and you will be provided with a medical compression stocking for your leg.
Approved by the FDA in 2015, VenaSeal™ is a cutting-edge procedure used to treat venous reflux that causes varicose veins, thereby eliminating them. It uses a special medical grade adhesive to permanently and immediately close off damaged vessels so that blood flow can naturally reroute to healthy veins.
The majority of people who suffer from symptomatic varicose veins are candidates for VenaSeal™. If you experience pain, swelling, throbbing, itching, or other discomforts from your varicose veins, this treatment might be an option for you. Your vein specialist will review your medical history and your condition to determine if you’re a candidate for this treatment.
A special, small catheter is inserted into the leg by way of a needle stick, usually near the ankle or lower leg. The catheter is then threaded into the affected vein, guided by ultrasound. The doctor then uses the specialized delivery system to push small amounts of the VenaSeal™ adhesive into the damaged vein as the catheter is pulled along the vein. Gentle pressure will be applied following the adhesive application to make sure the vein closes.