Varicose Veins Treatment with Varithena® – Frequently Asked Questions from Patients
Tiny valves help the leg veins work against gravity to push blood back to the heart.
But if valves weaken, blood can leak backwards and pool, resulting in varicose veins.
Varithena is administered by the doctor into the malfunctioning veins. The minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment doesn’t require incisions. The doctor usually numbs the injection site, but no additional anesthesia is required.
Other terms often used to describe Varithena treatment are “foam sclerotherapy,” “endovenous chemical ablation,” or “ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy”. The “foam” refers to the appearance of the medication, which looks like foam shaving cream.
Recently additional research and testing of this method lead to the FDA approval for this particular form of polidocanol foam, marketed through Biocompatibles, Inc. Varithena offers a proprietary canister device that is used to create and deliver the foam medication. This device produces a cohesive low-nitrogen micro-foam with controlled density and bubble size, with unique oxygen to carbon dioxide gas mixture of 65% to 35%. This foam mixture helps to maximize the contact time between the vein wall and polidocanol chemical, therefore theoretically maximizing the effectiveness of the drug.
Varithena can be safe for most patients. Patients who are allergic to polidocanol or have blood clots in their veins are not candidates for Varithena. Varithena will not be administered during pregnancy. If you have any of the following conditions, you may not be a suitable candidate for Varithena:
- A history of blood clots in the veins or the lungs
- Peripheral arterial disease
- A history of major surgery in the past 3 months
- Reduced mobility
- A history of a prolonged hospitalization in the past 1 year.
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We encourage you to schedule a consultation with Precision VIR. One of our vein care specialists will advise on whether or not you’re an ideal candidate for Varithena, as well as create a custom treatment plan. Call the office today at 214-382-3200 or complete the form below.
Varithena® is a registered trademark of Provensis Ltd, a BTG International group company.
Precision VIR serves the DFW area including Dallas, Fort Worth, Carrollton, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Highland Park, University Park, Park Cities, Allen, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Arlington, Irving, Grand Prairie, Flower Mound Denton, Lewisville and all of North Texas.
This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider.