Varithena, the effective, gentle varicose vein treatment can help restore your sense of well-being and is an alternative to surgery.
Approved by the FDA in 2013, Varithena is an clinically proven treatment for varicose veins that combines guided ultrasound with an injectable microfoam. Currently, it is the only therapy of its kind to have received FDA approval. Varithena effectively improves the appearance of varicose veins caused by vein disease and diseased superficial veins as well as symptoms such as heaviness, achiness, swelling, throbbing and itching.
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.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Varithena?
Varithena can treat a variety of varicose veins, both above and below the knee, including:
- Veins of all sizes (including small, medium, and large diameters
- Veins previously treated by other medical methods
- Twisted veins (also called tortuous veins)
If you experience achiness, swelling, throbbing, heaviness, 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.
The Varithena Procedure
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). This collapse of the vein stops the backflow of blood from occurring and redirects blood upward and into nearby healthy veins that can handle the optimal flow.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.
Benefits of Varithena
- High success rate; 97% one-time success rate with no additional treatments needed
- Office-based procedure
- Minimally invasive
- Safe and effective ultrasound guided procedure
- Almost no pain
- Only 1-2 needle sticks
- No incisions
- No general anesthesia or sedation
- Little to no downtime
- Drive yourself to and from treatment
- Return to work and activity immediately
- Average procedure time lasts less than one hour
- Covered by most insurances