Varithena® is an FDA-approved, prescription medicine for varicose veins. It is used to treat problems in the great saphenous vein (GSV) system of the leg, including twisted (torturous) veins, veins with a range of diameters from small to large, and veins that have unsuccessfully been treated with other methods.
Varithena® consists of an injectable foam (polidocanol) that effectively treats the most common symptoms of varicose veins, including aching, heaviness, throbbing, swelling, and itching. Varithena® also improves the appearance of varicose veins.
Varithena® is a minimally invasive treatment, meaning it can be performed on an outpatient basis with minimal discomfort and minimal downtime. No incisions are needed, only a needle stick is employed to inject the solution into the vein.
How Varithena® works
Dr. Kabnick will administer a small amount of the Varithena® foam into your vein via direct injection or through a tiny catheter. The foam treats the vein and causes it to seal shut, and the body naturally reroutes blood through healthier veins close by. You may feel some leg discomfort or see some bruising around the injection site.
What results you can expect from Varithena®
Most patients report significant improvement in all of the symptoms mentioned above, and both doctors and patients report an improved vein appearance after treatment with Varithena®.
Who should not have Varithena®?
Patients who are allergic to polidocanol or who have blood clots (thrombosis) should not have Varithena®. In addition, tell Dr. Kabnick if you have any of the following conditions:
- A history of arterial disease
- Recent surgery or a long hospital stay
- A history of blood clots (thrombosis)
- Reduced mobility
Self-care schedule for patients after treatment with Varithena®