Part 2 of 5-Part Series: Varithena® Procedure
Michael Cornwell, MD, FACS, is the Lead Physician in the Bensalem, PA, and Horsham, PA, Center for Vein Restoration (CVR) locations. In this video, he describes the patient experience when undergoing the non-surgical sclerotherapy procedure using Varithena®.
What Can Patients Expect During the Procedure?
Dr. Cornwell explains that this in-office procedure, after cleaning off your skin, starts with a needle stick and injection into the diseased vein, as identified by ultrasound. “The needle stick is like getting bloodwork at a lab,” but, as Dr. Cornwell puts it “instead of drawing blood out, the medicine is injected into the vein.” On the ultrasound screen, he watches the medicine go into the vein and can see, in real-time, the medicine shrinking the enlarged vein.
How Does Varithena Work?
The medicine, which is a liquid chemical mixed with gas that creates a foam, acts as an irritant, and damages the innerlining of the diseased vein. The veins react by contracting and getting smaller. Dr. Cornwell says that some large veins have a lot more blood in them than other veins and require more medicine to displace the blood.
He adds that he’s “not done until he sees the vein get small before his very eyes.”
Does Treatment Work Immediately?
Varithena works within seconds, and the entire procedure can be completed within 15 minutes at most. Dr. Cornwell shifts patients on the exam table during the procedure, tilting them up to use gravity to increase the foam medication's effectiveness to shrink the veins.
Schedule a Consultation
Center for Vein Restoration is the nation’s clinical leader in vein care. If you have any of the signs of venous insufficiency, such as varicose veins, call us at 800-FIX LEGS, or visit centerforvein.com to schedule an appointment. Procedures are covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare and Medicaid.