Varithena® Varicose Vein Treatment

A new non-thermal technology for safer, virtually pain-free treatment.

Varithena® is one of the newest, breakthrough technologies for the minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins. Restore the health of your legs with this non-surgical procedure and resume activities the same day.

Varithena represents one of the biggest breakthroughs in vein treatment in the last 15 years.

While most vein doctors are still using older treatments, Midwest Vein Center regularly treats patients with Varithena—a minimally invasive, nearly painless treatment for varicose veins. This injectable prescription foam improves vein appearance, as well as alleviates the five most common varicose vein symptoms: heaviness, achiness, swelling, throbbing, and itching.
Varithena Treatment before & after photo
Varithena Treatment before & after photo

Advantages of Varithena

Unlike lasers or radiofrequency ablation, Varithena is non-thermal (does not require heat) and provides the following advantages over lasers:

  • One tiny shot of local anesthetic instead of 12-15 large shots.
  • No risk of thermal (heat) injury to surrounding tissues (especially nerves).
  • Resume all activities one day after treatment instead of 1-2 weeks after treatment.

Additional benefits of Varithena include: 

  • One of the most advanced treatments available.
  • Treatment is non-surgical (no incisions required).
  • Minimally invasive and nearly painless.
  • Complete procedure from a board-certified physician in less than an hour.
  • Treats veins of different sizes above and below the knee.

How does Varithena treatment work?

Your doctor will numb the injection site, then administer a small amount of the injectable foam through a catheter or by direct injection into the malfunctioning vein. The foam fills and treats the desired section of the vein. Once the diseased vein collapses, the foam is deactivated and dissolves in the bloodstream, leaving no foreign bodies in your vein. When the malfunctioning veins collapse, blood flow shifts to healthier veins nearby.

After Varithena Treatment

Usually treatment with Varithena takes less than one hour. You’ll be able to resume non-vigorous activities the same day of your treatment. You’ll be advised to:

  • Keep your post-treatment bandages dry and in place for 48 hours.
  • Wear a compression stocking on the treated leg for an additional 12 days.
  • Avoid heavy exercise for one week.
  • Walk at least 10 minutes a day and avoid long periods of inactivity.

Depending on the size and severity of your varicose veins, you may require additional follow-up treatments.

“The care and treatment I received was excellent.“—Mark M.

Possible Side Effects of Varithena

Like all medical procedures, treatment with Varithena may cause side effects in some patients, including:

  • minor, temporary leg pain or discomfort
  • temporary injection site bruising or pain
  • very rarely, blood clots in the leg veins

You should not be treated with Varithena if you are allergic to polidocanol or have active clots in your blood vessels.

Will my insurance cover the treatment?

Our insurance specialists will send a letter to your insurance company outlining the doctor’s plan for your treatment. Because we have an experienced staff dedicated to this process, we are able to obtain this information for you and notify you when the process is complete.

We are contracted with all the major insurance carriers (Medicare, BCBS, United Healthcare, Humana, Cigna, Aetna). However, if you are insured with an HMO type of insurance, it is your responsibility to bring a signed referral or authorization form from your Primary Care Physician (PCP) to each appointment.

At Midwest Vein Center, we are passionately committed to providing you with the least invasive, scientifically tested, medically approved treatment options for achieving long-term relief from your vein problems.

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Request an appointment to meet with a specialist and determine which treatment options are right for you.

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