Varithena® is a micro-foam medication approved by the FDA in 2013 for the treatment of varicose veins. Varithena® is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment that is proven to improve the symptoms and the appearance of varicose veins.
How does it work?
Varithena® works by directly injecting micro-foam into the damaged varicose vein. This micro-foam irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to seal shut. The blood is then routed to healthy surrounding veins.
Prior to your initial treatment a thorough ultrasound, called a venous mapping, is performed. The venous mapping identifies the location and extent of the varicose veins for treatment with Varithena®.
Ultrasound guidance is also used during the Varithena® procedure. This allows direct visualization of Varithena® being injected into the varicose vein. Varithena® pushes the blood out of the vein, causing it to spasm shut and shrink. Once the damaged vein is treated and closed, blood is routed to the nearby normally functioning veins. The body slowly reabsorbs the vein over the next few weeks to months.
What types of veins can Varithena® treat?
Varithena® is a versatile medication that is used to treat many different types of varicose veins. Large, straight veins, and smaller twisted veins can all be treated with Varithena®. Even veins that have had unsuccessful treatments in the past may respond well to Varithena®. Varithena® is not approved for treating spider veins. Spider vein treatment may be performed separately after Varithena®.
Varithena® may not be the best choice for every patient and their specific varicose vein presentation. Our physician and nurse practitioner can help you decide if Varithena® is the best option for you.
What kind of results can I expect?
Varithena® can provide excellent improvement in your symptoms and appearance of your varicose veins when performed by an experienced vein specialist. Many people see improvement in symptoms such as aching, heaviness, throbbing, fatigue, cramping, and leg swelling. Varithena® is also shown to improve the appearance of your visible varicose veins.
The basics about Varithena®
- It is a safe, effective, and proven treatment
- No hospitalization required
- Short recovery time – many people return to their normal activities the same day
- No incisions
- Covered by most major insurance carriers when medically necessary
Varithena® may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments like Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA). Tennessee Vein Center will work with you to customize a treatment plan that improves your health and gets you back to the active lifestyle you deserve.