Varicose veins are a nuisance, and they can even cause potentially serious problems if left untreated. Verithena treatment is used to eliminate faulty veins rerounting blood into healthy veins in your legs.
Varithena is a medical foam, also known as polidocanol injectable foam, that can be injected into a vein through a catheter, without the need for anesthesia or surgery. It’s a minimally invasive procedure and patients who receive it can resume normal activities right after the procedure. Once injected, the foam activates itself within the veins, causing the vein to collapse and stop function. Once the vein collapses, the foam deactivates.
This form of varicose vein treatment can be completed within 15 to 20 minutes. Varithena can be used to treat twisted, or tortuous, veins, veins both above and below the knee, and veins that have previously been unsuccessfully treated by other varicose vein treatments.
In multiple controlled studies, patients who were administered Varithena saw improved symptoms and vein appearance compared to patients who were given two different kinds of placebos. While Varithena can’t treat all forms of varicose veins, it’s very effective in the right selective group.
Some of the most common side effects of Varithena are mild site pain and bruising around the injection site. Another common one is temporary leg soreness for about a week after the procedure. More serious side effects include blood clots and allergic reactions. Talking to your doctor beforehand about previous surgeries, blood clots, and abnormalities can help determine if Varithena is right for you and whether or not you would be a candidate for these severe side effects.