Varithena is the first FDA approved injectable foam treatment for reflux of the saphenous veins. This treatment is also an alternative, injectable treatment of bulging varicose veins. It is a nonthermal or “chemical” ablation of the veins. It is a alcohol base foam that helps displace the blood in the vein while disrupting the cells that line the inside of the vein. This helps close down the vein and reroute blood into competent veins. This is great alternative to thermal (heat) ablation.
The procedure takes between 15-30 minutes. It requires ultrasound guided access to the vein being treated by a small needle and catheter. The foam is then injected and visualized filling the vein and vein branches with ultrasound. Compression is administered after with stockings.
Clinic trials show a 70-94% success rate in treated patients with Varithena.
Risks/ Side Effects
- Allergic reaction
- Tissue ischemia
- Venous thrombosis
- Pregnancy is contraindicated
Is it Painful?
Mild to no pain after the procedure.
After this treatment there is only a small weight restriction after the procedures. Patients are encouraged to be very active after Varithena to reduce the chance for DVT.
Covered by Insurance?
Varithena is almost always covered by insurance.