During your diagnostic ultrasound, if our vein specialist determines that treatment modalities such as the EVLA will not be a fit, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, also known as Varithena, may be used. The same medication used in sclerotherapy for spider veins is also used for certain types of varicose veins by turning the sclerosant into foam. By agitating the medication to create a foam, those small foam bubbles stick to the walls of the varicose veins much easier, allowing those veins to seal.
Benefits of Varithena
- It is a minimally invasive, in-office treatment.
- Patients can immediately resume routine activities, but avoiding hot tubs and saunas for a few days after treatment is recommended.
- There is minimal, if any, discomfort.
- It is a safe and time-tested procedure.
What to Expect After Treatment
The Varithena treatment only takes up to an hour, and after the treatment, compression stockings will be needed for up to two weeks. This is to ensure those treated varicose veins remain closed. Patients can immediately resume their normal activities, and are encouraged to remain active post-treatment.