Foam Sclerotherapy Improves Comfort and Appearance
- Posted on: Dec 15 2017
One of the small details that many people miss when considering treatment for varicose veins is that there are numerous techniques available today. There is not necessarily a “best” treatment for any given situation; usually, patients can choose between two or more modalities, such as standard sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy, or thermal endovenous ablation. One such option available in our Columbia, SC practice, Varithena, offers significant gains with minimal invasion of the dysfunctional vein or veins.
What is Varithena?
This innovative vein treatment combines two modalities, injectable medication and guided ultrasound. Currently, it is the only therapy of its kind to have received FDA approval. Varithena is primarily used to improve the appearance of varicose veins as well as symptoms such as itching, throbbing, swelling, aching, and heaviness.
How it Works
When the sclerosing foam is introduced into malfunctioning veins via guided ultrasound, the blood within them is displaced; the vein begins to collapse. This collapse of the vein stops the backflow of blood from occurring and redirects blood upward and into nearby veins that can handle the optimal flow. Varithena is a short, non-surgical treatment that facilitates rapid absorption of the micro-foam medication. After the 30-minute (or less) procedure, patients can return home and resume most of their normal activities right away.
There are important aspects of recovery from vein treatments that patients need to know. While we do provide post-treatment instructions to have on hand after Varithena or other vein treatment, it can be beneficial to know what to expect ahead of time.
- Exercise other than walking may need to occur gradually after one week of healing. This enables the veins that are taking over for those that are closing to acclimate to their new circulatory load.
- When superficial veins are treated, their proximity to the skin’s surface could lead to short-lived discoloration. This is because of blood byproducts, which are absorbed by various tissues surrounding the vein, have a staining component. Depending on the amount of byproduct that has been absorbed, discoloration could last a few months, though it should gradually dissipate.
- A “tight” sensation is likely to occur after vein treatment. This indicates the collapse of the malfunctioning vein and its transition into scar tissue. When the once-flexible vein begins to scar-over, it naturally contracts and tightens. The sensation of tightness may not be noticed for several weeks, and will progressively diminish.
Learn more about the treatments available at the Vein Clinic in Columbia. Call (803) 253-8667.
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