20 Feb Varithena: A Revolution in the Treatment of Varicose Veins
Affecting nearly 23% of the US population, varicose veins are most prevalent among an estimated eleven million adult men and women between 40 and 80.
Varicose veins are enlarged veins— larger than 3mm in diameter—that have a rope-like appearance. They form when the valves of the vein wall weaken, rendering them incapable of pushing blood toward the heart. Consequently, blood pools in the veins, giving them a bulging appearance.
The good news is that painful methods of vein treatment like vein stripping have now been replaced with minimally invasive, non-surgical treatments like treatment with Varithena.
What is Varithena?
Varithena is polidocanol injectable foam that’s the first FDA-approved foam for treating incompetent veins and problems in the great saphenous vein (GSV).
Varithena is a sclerosing agent that increases scar tissue and blood formation, decreasing the dilation of the enlarged veins.
How the Varithena Procedure Works
Varithena is a non-surgical procedure. It starts with a numbing, cooling spray being applied at the injection site. The doctor then administers Varithena into the malfunctioning vein—either by direct injection or a catheter. The Varithena microfoam causes the vein to collapse, thereby creating healthy blood flow.
Varithena not only improves the appearance of troublesome veins, but it has also been shown to provide symptom relief.
The procedure can be performed within 30 minutes, allowing patients to head home and resume daily activities the same day—especially since the symptoms alleviate immediately after the treatment is administered.
However, Varithena doesn’t treat all types of varicose veins, so make sure to consult your doctor to see if this method of treatment is right for you.
Varithena vs. Traditional Varicose Vein Treatments
Varithena is patient-friendly, revolutionary injectable foam that’s a less invasive alternative to treatments with VanaSeal and Clarivein—which require thermal energy.
Clinical trials have shown that Varithena injections help with symptoms such as aching, swelling, heaviness, itching and throbbing in regions where varicose veins have developed. Additionally, it also reduces the need for additional treatment.
What’s more, studies have shown that the Polidocanol endovenous microfoam offers improved cohesive properties and better stability compared to physician-compounded foams.
After-Care with Varithena Treatment
Make sure to avoid strenuous activities like working out or heavy lifting for at least a week following the treatment. However, do incorporate small periods of light walking for a month after the treatment.
It’s also important to keep the injection site dry for at least 48 hours after the procedure. It’s normal to experience some swelling or discomfort after the treatment, but the symptoms should quickly subside.
Get In Touch with Top Vascular Vein Specialist
As one of the leading vein treatment clinic, Renew Vein Centers has a team of certified vein doctors who use state-of-the-art treatments to treat complicated vein problems like chronic venous insufficiency, spider veins and varicose veins.
We also offer specialized treatments like sclerotherapy, laser ablation and ClariVein for dysfunctional vein diseases.
Call 833-RENEWRX today to schedule an appointment!