Varicose veins are an issue that can affect people of all ages and lifestyles. Some people may start to notice these visible veins as they get older or during pregnancy. Veins can become enlarged and discolored due to improper blood flow throughout the body. Deoxygenated blood can pool in the leg veins, causing them to become darker and misshapen. While varicose veins are typically a cosmetic issue, they can sometimes cause pain. If you’re looking to treat your varicose veins, consider Varithena®.
What is Varithena®?
Varithena® is the first FDA-approved injectable foam treatment for varicose veins. It’s a non-surgical option that’s performed in the comfort of our office. The injectable can be used to treat many types of varicose veins. These include twisted veins, veins around the knee, and veins with varying diameters. Usually, the foam is used to treat the great saphenous vein and those around it. The great saphenous vein runs along the length of your leg and is very close to the skin. As a result, circulation issues can produce varicose veins that are very easy to see. Varithena® may be able to tackle these issues once and for all.
How Does It Work?
Treatment with Varithena® is simple and convenient. Depending on your particular needs, you may need as little as one treatment session. The foam will then be administered into the vein using a specialized injection technique. Once the foam enters the vein, the pooled blood is displaced. It moves to nearby healthy veins, where it can be properly recirculated throughout your body. Meanwhile, the foam is able to make contact with the vein walls. It causes the vein to seal off completely. This process prevents more blood from pooling into the damaged varicose vein. As a result, the remaining healthy veins in your leg can work more efficiently to pump blood in and out of your legs.
Once the varicose vein is sealed off, it can no longer capture blood. It will collapse and start to shrink over time. After the vein has collapsed, the Varithena® foam is deactivated. Eventually, the collapsed vein will be absorbed into your body.