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Varicose veins may be dark in color and appear to protrude from the skin, creating insecurity as well as discomfort or aching pain. While they can be found in other places in the body, varicose veins appear most often in the legs. This is because of the pressure caused by standing.
Find your treatment options for varicose veins with the vein experts of Cardiovascular Institute of the South.
Varithena (polidocanol) is an injectable foam used to treat varicose veins. While it does not eliminate the veins, the visual and physical discomfort from the veins is targeted. Many individuals who suffer from varicose veins are interested in Varithena, as it can eliminate the problems of varicose veins most times. Varithena was approved for medical use by the FDA in 2013, and it quickly became one of the most popular treatment options for varicose veins.
During the treatment, the problem vein is injected with the foam solution. This causes the vein to collapse and send blood flow to healthier veins. Because of the nonsurgical nature of the treatment, the entire procedure can be performed in less than an hour. Following treatment, patients can typically enjoy their day-to-day lifestyle with minimal soreness. Additional treatments may be necessary depending on the severity of the target.
Varithena is one of the most popular varicose vein treatment options available. Typically, the results can be seen in about 30 minutes but vary depending on the patient. Generally, you should avoid exercise for a week after treatment while still walking for 10 minutes a day. Compression socks are worn for around two weeks post-treatment. If additional treatments are necessary, they should occur a minimum of five days apart.
Varithena is for patients suffering issues in the Great Saphenous Vein (GSV) system of the leg. It is not recommended for every form of varicose veins. We recommend consulting with a professional before deciding which treatment option may be best for your situation.