Varithena

What is Varithena?

Varithena® is a newer, FDA-approved treatment for varicose veins caused by venous insufficiency (improper functioning of the valves in the leg veins).

It’s a non-surgical procedure that involves injecting a specialized foam into the affected veins, which reduces the appearance of varicose veins and alleviates associated symptoms.

Varithena Varicose Vein Treatment

When is Varithena Used?

Varithena is an excellent option for patients who have:

  • Large, symptomatic varicose veins.
  • Veins that are difficult to treat with traditional methods.
  • Veins that have recurred after previous treatments.

Your vascular surgeon will determine if Varithena is the right choice for you based on your vein’s size, location, and the severity of your symptoms.

How Does Varithena Work?

Varithena foam is injected into the vein through a small catheter or direct injection. The foam fills and treats the desired section of the vein, causing it to collapse and close.

Over time, the body naturally absorbs the treated vein, and blood flow is redirected to healthier veins.

Pros of Varithena

Varithena foam is injected into the vein through a small catheter or direct injection. The foam fills and treats the desired section of the vein, causing it to collapse and close. Over time, the body naturally absorbs the treated vein, and blood flow is redirected to healthier veins.

  • Minimally Invasive: Varithena is a non-surgical treatment, which means no large incisions or stitches are required.
  • Quick Procedure: The treatment typically takes less than an hour, and most patients can return to normal activities the same day.
  • Effective: Varithena is highly effective at reducing the appearance of varicose veins and alleviating symptoms such as pain, swelling, and heaviness.
  • Less Discomfort: Since it is a non-thermal procedure, there is less discomfort during and after the treatment compared to thermal ablation techniques. This procedure involves just 1-2 needle sticks to deliver the treatment, with only a small percentage of patients reporting pain at the injection site.

Cons of Varithena

  • Multiple Sessions: Some patients may require multiple treatment sessions to achieve the desired results.
  • Temporary Side Effects: Possible side effects include bruising, pain at the injection site, and, in rare cases, blood clots.
  • Insurance Coverage: Not all insurance plans may cover Varithena, so it is essential to check with your provider beforehand.

While Varithena is a safe and effective treatment, it is not suitable for everyone. You should not undergo Varithena treatment if you are allergic to polidocanol or have blood clots in your vessels.

Varithena offers a convenient and nearly painless way to address varicose veins, helping you get back to the activities you love with minimal interruption.

Your Experienced Vascular Team

Dr. Robert Ballard

Robert Ballard, MD

Dr. Alexander Tretinyak
Alexander Tretinyak, MD
Sarah Wilson, MD
Sarah Wilson, MD
Dr. Jason Le
Jason Le, MD
Ariel Stilp
Ariel Stilp, APNP