In addition to RVTA treatments, our physicians can also provide outpatient Varithena therapy for patients with varicose veins. Varithena (polidocanol injectable foam) is a prescription medicine used to treat varicose veins caused by problems with the great saphenous vein (GSV) and other related veins in the leg’s GSV system. To begin the procedure, our physician administers a small amount of Varithena through a catheter, or by direct injection, into the malfunctioning vein. The foam quickly fills the desired section of the vein to collapse and “deactivate” the diseased vein. With the unhealthy vein no longer operational, blood flow shifts to healthier veins nearby, allowing for proper blood flow back up to the heart.
Varithena treatments typically take less than an hour. While many patients see relief of symptoms in one treatment, patients with more severe varicose veins may require additional treatments to fully resolve symptoms.
Patients who receive Varithena treatment may resume some activities the same day as treatment, but heavy exercise should be avoided for one week. Post-treatment bandages need to be kept dry and in place for 48 hours, and compression stockings must be worn on the treated leg for 2 weeks.