Benefits of Varithena
When varicose veins mar the appearance of your legs and impede your quality of life, Varithena can help in many ways:
- Smooths out bulging veins and enhances the appearance of your legs
- Eliminates painful burning and cramping
- Reduces achiness
- Treats veins of all sizes
- Can be done in the doctor’s office
- A noninvasive, non-surgical procedure
- No need for tumescent numbing
- Effective treatment for tortuous varicose veins, or varicose veins that have been treated in the past
To find out if Varithena is right for you, call California Vein Specialists to schedule a vein exam today.
Varithena was first approved as a treatment for varicose veins by the Food and Drug Administration in 2013. It’s an injectable foam that’s administered using ultrasound technology. This line of treatment can greatly improve the appearance of the legs as well as reduce painful symptoms.
The Problem With Varicose Veins
Bulging, dark and typically blue or purple in color, varicose veins are a common condition that develop in both women and men over the age of 50. Varicose veins usually develop in the legs, appearing lumpy and can sometimes be painful. Older women, and pregnant women in particular, often suffer from this condition as hormonal changes weaken the natural elasticity of the veins.
Varicose veins are caused by growing problems within the legs’ great saphenous vein (GSV) system. Spider veins, a smaller variation of varicose veins, may also develop. The veins in the GSV system work to send blood back to the heart. The muscles in the legs help do this whenever they squeeze or contract.
Veins in the legs must work against gravity to push the blood up to the heart. To help promote this upward flow, veins have valves that work as one-way flaps to prevent blood from moving backward. Varicose veins develop as valves weaken, causing blood to leak back through and collect inside the veins.
Over time, the effects of varicose veins on may cause pain, itchiness and swelling. When left untreated, more serious problems can develop. Varithena helps eliminate and relieve uncomfortable symptoms, enhance appearance and improve circulation.
How Does Varithena Work?
The Varithena procedure involves injecting the material into the vein using ultrasound to help guide and monitor where the foam goes. The overall effect works to increase blood clotting and scar tissue formation and collapse the affected varicose vein, which is then naturally eliminated by the body. Blood flow is rerouted to healthier veins. Once the vein collapses, the foam stops working. The end result smooths out the vein’s appearance, and in some cases eliminates signs of varicose veins altogether.
As a foam, Varithena offers certain advantages allowing it to make direct contact with the wall of the vein. This direct contact offers improved treatment effectiveness when compared to liquid-based treatments which flow through the vein, or laser treatments, which cannot pass through areas where the veins may be scarred. The procedure can be completed in anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour’s time. Dr. Leary of California Vein Specialists will go over all aspects of the procedure to ensure Varithena is the right treatment option for you.
Varithena Treatment Uses
Varicose veins can appear in different forms within the GSV system. Varithena is used to treat a range of different vein types and vein effects, including:
- Small, medium and large diameter veins
- Tortuous veins that appear twisted
- Veins above the knee
- Veins below the knee
Varithena Provides Relief and Improved Appearance
Varithena’s therapeutic benefits not only provide considerable relief but also greatly increase your comfort level as you go about your daily activities. Improvements in the following areas can be expected:
- Reduces burning and throbbing sensations in the legs
- Helps prevent muscles from cramping
- Eliminates itching
- Restores the skins natural coloring
- Relieves symptoms of pain that result from sitting or standing for too long
Are There Potential Risks or Special Instructions to Keep in Mind?
While patients are able to resume most activities on the same day of treatment, certain measures should be taken to promote the healing process and enhance the treatment’s effectiveness. It’s important not to strain the legs or place too much pressure on them so heavy exercise should be avoided for the week after your Varithena procedure. You should also walk for at least ten minutes a day for a month and avoid long periods of sitting and standing. Compression stocking should also be worn continuously for 5 days after your treatment.
Potential risks associated with Varithena can vary from person to person, with common effects being bruising at the injection site and temporary leg discomfort. In rare cases, blood clotting can develop in the veins. Keeping the lines of communication open between you and your doctor helps prevent any show of side effects from getting out of hand.
Since varicose veins can pose a threat to the body’s circulatory system when left untreated, a Varithena procedure is considered medically necessary by most major insurance providers. This means your existing health insurance plan may cover the costs of treatment. Dr. Leary can work with your insurance provider to ensure any insurable treatment costs are covered by your current health plan.
Contact Us Today
Considering the impact varicose veins can have your overall health, it’s important to take steps to correct this condition sooner rather than later. While Varithena isn’t the best choice for everyone, California Vein Specialists offers a range of different treatment options to address varicose veins. Call us at 949-515-9377 to schedule a one-on-one vein exam today.