Varicose Vein Treatments to Consider Getting Before Summer at the Safest Vein Clinic in Fairbanks, Alaska during COVID-19

Written By Center for Vein Restoration
Varicose veins

Summer fashion trends come and go but there is one thing they all seem to have in common – they show off your legs.

For people who suffer from varicose veins, the thought of wearing some of summer’s latest fashion trends can be frightening and prevent you from heading outdoors and enjoying the heat. Luckily, if you get treatment for your varicose veins now, you will be ready for the summer.

Three of the most common procedures used for varicose vein treatment include Varithena, VenaSeal, and Radiofrequency Ablation. The type of treatment that is recommended for you will depend upon the size of the varicose veins and where they are located. Learn more about each of these three varicose vein treatment options.


Varithena is a quick minimally-invasive nonsurgical procedure used to treat varicose veins. This procedure is most successful when trying to treat painful, itchy, and bulging varicose veins that occur in the great saphenous vein (GSV) system. The great saphenous vein (GSV) system is a large series of veins that run down the inside of the leg from the groin to the ankle.

With Varithena, your doctor will inject microfoam through a small catheter directly into the diseased vein. Ultrasound technology is used to determine where the injection of microfoam will go. The entire procedure takes under an hour and no incisions or general anesthesia is required.

Once the microfoam is injected, it will fill up the diseased vein. This causes the vein to collapse. When the vein collapses, the body will automatically shift blood flow to stronger, healthier veins. Without the constant flow of blood, the bulging, itching and swelling that is causing your varicose veins will decrease.


VenaSeal is a very similar procedure to Varithena. It is minimally invasive, nonsurgical, and quick. The difference between VenaSeal and Varithena is the type of material injected into the vein. VenaSeal injects a medical adhesive into the vein. The medical adhesive closes the diseased and malfunctioning vein. The blood that usually flowed through the diseased vein will be diverted to nearby veins which are often healthier and stronger.

VenaSeal is most successful at treating painful, symptomatic varicose veins that are found in the lower extremity superficial venous system. This vein system is found on the inside of the leg and runs from toes and foot all the way up to the groin.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses extreme heat to treat diseased veins. During the procedure your doctor will make a small incision along the diseased vein. Once the incision is made, a small, thin catheter will be placed directly into the vein. An electrical current is run through the catheter.

The heat from the electrical current will damage the tissue of the diseased vein. The damage will cause scar tissue to form. That scar tissue will close off blood flow to the diseased vein. Other nearby veins, which are often stronger and healthier, will be used to continue proper blood flow throughout the body.

Not everyone will be a good candidate for radiofrequency ablation. A good candidate for this type of procedure is someone who suffers from painful, symptomatic varicose veins that are located along the thigh or back of the calf.

A good candidate will also have veins that are relatively straight. A straight vein is needed for radiofrequency ablation so the catheter can be safely directed up into the vein. If the vein is narrow, twisted, or uneven the catheter may not be able to be properly placed which will impact the success rate of the procedure.

Don’t be caught unaware. Summer is coming and the vein specialist at Center for Vein Restoration is ready to help. Meet our vein physician in Fairbanks, AK who will be offering varicose vein treatment that will get you ready for summer.

All procedures that are used to treat varicose veins are administered in our state-of-the-art vein clinic in Fairbanks. Discover why patients from all over the area trust us to provide treatment for their varicose veins by reading the details about our Fairbanks location.

We can get you ready for the summer. Call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss treatment options for your varicose veins.

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