What is VarithenaTM?
VarithenaTM is proprietary microfoam sclerosant medication used to treat varicose veins. Approved by the FDA in 2013, VarithenaTM is injected into damaged veins under the guidance of ultrasound technology, where the foam expands to collapse and seal the faulty vessels so that blood flow can be rerouted to nearby healthy functioning veins.
Why Treat Varicose Veins with VarithenaTM?
Varicose veins are unsightly, no doubt, but the real issue is deeper than that. Varicose veins, though frequently considered a cosmetic problem, are often a symptom of a more serious condition called chronic venous insufficiency. They can cause pain, discomfort, heaviness of the legs, swelling in the legs and ankles, numbness, and itching. They may also lead to more serious complications like deep vein thrombosis (blood clot), ulcers (sores that won’t heal), bleeding varicose veins, and other potentially serious health issues.
VarithenaTM can be used to treat several types of veins that cause spider veins and varicose veins of varying size. Your United Vein Centers doctor can help you decide if VarithenaTM is the best treatment for you.
VarithenaTM is administered in our offices. The procedure itself can take as little as 15 minutes, though it may take longer if there are several veins to be treated. First, the area to be treated is numbed using a local anesthetic. Using ultrasound guidance, a needle or catheter is placed into the vein to be treated. A small amount of the VarithenaTM sclerosant medication is injected slowly. The foam evenly fills the vein, displacing the blood it contained and causing it to spasm, collapse and close. Your doctor will also apply pressure to the vein to ensure it collapses. The number of injections you’ll need will depend upon how many veins need to be treated. Once the procedure is completed, a band-aid or tape will be applied to the injection site(s) and a pressure bandage and compression stocking will be put on the treated leg.
You may be asked to walk around for 15 minutes or so following the procedure, then you can go about your day as usual.
Recovery from VarithenaTM vein treatment is fairly simple. You’ll need to wear the pressure bandage and compression stocking for 24 hours following the procedure, then you may take it off to bathe. Your doctor may ask that you continue wearing the compression stocking for a few days to prevent blood clots, speed healing, and improve your results. Light activity can be resumed immediately after VarithenaTM treatment; vigorous exercise should be avoided for one week. You should also avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time.
Benefits of VarithenaTM
- High success rate, up to 94%
- Minimally invasive
- Office-based procedure
- No general anesthesia
- No incisions necessary
- No stitches
- No hospital stay
- You can drive yourself to and from treatment
- No downtime; you can go back to work and normal activities immediately
- Less traumatic than traditional vein stripping, fewer side effects
- No heat and therefore no risk of nerve damage as is present in ablation treatments
The most common side effect of VarithenaTM is bruising and swelling around the injection site, but these symptoms typically resolve within a few days to a few weeks without any intervention. There is a slight risk of allergic reaction to the medication itself. There is also a very slight risk of DVT (blood clot) or phlebitis. Following your doctor’s instructions can help reduce the risks associated with vein treatments.
Your United Vein Centers doctor will discuss any additional risks that stem from your individual health with you while you’re deciding on a treatment plan and again before your treatment.
Why Choose United Vein Centers for Your Vein Treatment?
United Vein Centers are IAC-accredited vein treatment centers. At United Vein Centers, we recognize that our patients’ vein health affects their overall health and quality of life. We aim to educate our patients about their vein health and the treatments available to them. Our carefully trained and highly experienced vein specialists are knowledgeable in the latest minimally invasive vein treatment techniques so that patients can quickly get on the road to healthier veins and symptom relief.
Are you experiencing symptoms of a vein condition such as pain, discomfort, swelling, tightness, numbness or tingling, leg cramps, restless legs, itching, or visibly damaged veins like varicose veins or spider veins? Call us now to schedule your consultation with one of our board-certified vein doctors!
Over 48 million Americans will develop a form of vein disease at one point in their lives.
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Get to the bottom of your collapsing veins today with our VarithenaTM procedure. Get back to living a pain-free life with becoming educated on our varicose vein treatment. At United Vein Centers, we treat vein disease with minimally invasive medical procedures that offer little to no downtime. Most major insurance providers also cover the procedure! Call us today for more information on vein treatment. Our centers are conveniently located throughout the United States.
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