Varithena is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure used to treat a variety of different types of varicose veins. During this procedure, the doctor uses a catheter or a direct injection to administer a small amount of microfoam into affected veins. The vein then collapses and blood is redirected to healthier vessels nearby.
When is this method used?
Varithena can be used to treat many different types of varicose veins. Veins both above and below the knee can be treated using this method. It is appropriate for veins with a range of diameters, from small to large. Twisted veins and veins that have been treated unsuccessfully with other methods may also respond to Varithena. However, Varithena is not appropriate for every varicose vein. A qualified vein doctor can help you decide if Varithena is right for you.
What kind of results are achieved?
When performed by an experienced physician, Varithena can successfully resolve many cases of varicose veins. In addition to improving the appearance of varicose veins, Varithena also relieves associated symptoms, including itching, throbbing, swelling, aching and heaviness. Mild bruising and pain may occur after treatment with Varithena, but most patients report that these side effects fade quickly.
What should you do after treatment with Varithena to ensure vein health?
Even after treating your varicose veins with Varithena, you are still at risk of developing new varicose veins in the future. To prevent the development of new varicose veins in your legs, maintain a healthy weight and be sure to exercise on a regular basis. Try not to spend extended periods of time sitting in one position or standing still, as this can cause blood to pool in the veins in your legs. If you notice any symptoms of new varicose veins, contact your doctor to discuss your treatment options.
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Our very own Priya Thirumlai, MD, FACS was the lead physician on a Varithena case study. Click here to read.