Varithena is the only FDA-approved foam treatment used to treat varicose veins caused by problems with the GSV and other related veins in the legs GSV system.
In clinical studies, the majority of patients treated with Varithena experienced improvements in symptoms: heaviness, achiness, swelling, throbbing, and itching.
The most common side effects seen with Varithena are leg pain or discomfort, injection site bruising or pain, and potentially severe blood clots in the leg veins. These are not all of the possible side effects of Varithena.
Also in the clinical studies, the majority of patients experienced improvement in vein appearance in assessments by both patients and doctors.
These are the results after just one treatment with Varithena. The number of treatments required depends on the number and size of the veins that need to be treated.
You should not be treated with Varithena if you are allergic to polidocanol or have clots in your blood vessels.
Varithena is not thermal ablation and does not require multiple injections to numb the treatment site as with tumescent anesthesia.
The administration of Varithena is minimally invasive: There are no incisions, sedation, or general anesthesia required.
Patients can even go back to doing some activities the very same day as treatment, and the entire procedure should take less than an hour.
When treating with Varithena, the doctor numbs the injection site before administering a small amount of Varithena micro foam through a catheter or direct injection into the malfunctioning vein.
The Varithena micro foam fills the desired section of the vein and treats the vein wall. This causes the diseased vein to collapse.
Blood flow is redirected to healthier nearby veins. The microfoam then disperses as it comes into contact with blood in healthy veins.
The physician then uses the same process to treat any additional veins that require treatment.
A single treatment session may be all thats required, or it may take more. Your doctor will determine the number of treatments needed based on the number and size of the veins being treated.
You will need to follow the post-procedure care instructions provided by your doctor.
Compression stockings and bandages will need to be worn for a period of two weeks to support proper healing.
Some activities can be resumed on the very same day, but heavy exercise should be avoided for at least one week.