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:
- Varicose Veins
- Spider Veins
- Blood Clots
Symptoms of venous insufficiency include:
- Swlling or changes in the skin
- Aching, burning sensation, fatigue, itching or feelings of heaviness
- Pain or cramping
- Leg ulcers
- Enlarged or varicose veins
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:
- Have a family history of chronic venous insufficiency
- Had damage to your leg to due injury, surgery, or blood clots
Symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency:
- Swelling in your legs or ankles
- Tight feeling in your calves or itchy, painful legs
- Pain when walking that stops when you rest
- Brown-colored skin, often near the ankles
- Varicose veins
- Leg ulcers that are sometimes hard to treat
- Having an uncomfortable feeling in your legs and an urge to move your legs (restless legs syndrome)
- Painful leg cramps or muscle spasms (charley horse)
The effective, gentle varicose vein treatment can help restore your sense of well-being and is an alternative to surgery.
What Makes Varithena Different
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.
Types of Veins Treated With 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)
What To Expect From Your 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). 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.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for VenaSeal™?
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.
The VenaSeal™ Procedure
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.
Benefits of VenaSeal™
- High success rate; 96.4% closure rate after 5 years
- Office-based procedure
- Minimally invasive
- Safe and effective ultrasound guided procedure
- No general anesthesia and little to no local anesthesia is required
- No downtime
- Less trauma due to fewer needle sticks
- Reduced recovery time
- Drive yourself to and from treatment
- Return to work and activity immediately
- No incisions
- No stitches
- No compression therapy necessary (though your doctor may still recommend compression stockings)