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Varithena Foam Treatment for Varicose Veins

 

Minimally invasive, nonsurgical

Treatment with Varithena® does not require any incisions or general anesthesia. It usually takes the doctor less than an hour to administer Varithena®.

Patients may resume some activities the same day but should avoid heavy exercise for one week.

Types of veins treated

Varithena® treats a wide range of varicose veins in the GSV system, including:

  • Tortuous (twisted) veins
  • Veins above and below the knee
  • Veins with small, medium, and large diameters
  • Veins previously treated with other methods

Varithena® does not treat all forms of varicose veins. Please talk with your doctor to see if Varithena® may be right for you.

How Varithena® works

  • The doctor administers a small amount of Varithena® through a catheter or by direct injection into the malfunctioning vein
  • The Varithena® microfoam fills and treats the desired section of the vein
  • The diseased vein collapses and the microfoam is deactivated
  • When the malfunctioning vein collapses, blood flow shifts to healthier veins nearby

Potential side effects

The most common side effects seen with Varithena® are leg pain or discomfort, injection site bruising or pain, and potentially serious blood clots in the leg veins.