What You Need to Know about Varithena®, the Varicose Vein Treatment
Do you have varicose veins? Varithena® might be the right varicose vein treatment for you!
If you have varicose veins, you are not alone. About 22 million adults in the United States suffer from these twisting, bulging, unsightly veins, according to the American Heart Association. Untreated, varicose veins can cause discomfort, achy or heavy feelings in the legs, and even burning, swelling, throbbing, and muscle cramping of the legs.
Fortunately, Varithena® safely and effectively treats varicose veins.
Varithena® is a minimally invasive procedure, which means it does not require general anesthesia or an overnight hospital stay. It causes minimal discomfort, and you can resume your normal activities within a couple of days.
Varithena® works by irritating the lining of the varicose vein. This irritation causes the vein to swell and seal closed. Blood flows through nearby veins. The treated vein breaks apart. Adjacent tissue absorbs the remnants of treated vein as the varicose vein fades from view.
Varithena® is Safe, Effective Treatment for Varicose Veins
You may not know it, but there are several types of varicose veins. Varithena® treats several types of varicose veins, including twisted veins, veins above the knee and below it, and veins that have been treated before. Varithena® treats veins with small, medium and large diameters, so it is useful for varicose veins of all sizes. Varithena® does not treat all veins; your vein doctor can help you determine if Varithena® is right for you.
What You Can Expect During the Varithena® Treatment
Treatment for varicose veins with Varithena® starts with a consultation with a vein doctor. During the consultation, the vein surgeon will collect your medical history, review your symptoms, evaluate the veins in your legs, and discuss the expected outcomes of treatment. Your vascular surgeon can help you decide if Varithena® is right for you.
The Varithena® procedure does not require any special preparation, although your doctor may recommend that you avoid shaving or applying lotion to the treatment area the day of the appointment. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to expose the treatment area; you may be required to wear a gown for the procedure.
Prior to the Varithena®, your vein surgeon will numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic. The doctor will then insert a thin tube, known as a catheter, into the diseased vein. Your surgeon will then administer a chemical agent through the catheter and into the diseased vein. The chemical agent, known as a sclerosant, irritates the vein to cause its closure. The doctor will remove the catheter and apply a pressure dressing to the treated area.
You will be able to get up and walk around immediately after the procedure. In fact, your vein doctor will probably encourage gentle walking, as the exercise helps promote healing.
Your vascular surgeon will also recommend that you wear compression stockings after the procedure. These stockings apply pressure to the treatment area to speed healing.
For more information about Varithena® for the treatment of varicose veins, consult with your vein doctor.