What is Varithena™?

Varithena is a prescription medicine in the form of injectable foam, used to treat varicose veins. Varicose veins can be caused by problems with the great saphenous vein or other related veins in the leg and can lead to symptoms like swelling, pain, and discoloration. Varithena™ can improve both the symptoms and appearance of varicose veins.

How Varithena™ Works

Varithena™ is a non-surgical treatment option for abnormal veins. The area of the vein containing the abnormal veins will be injected with a small amount of Varithena™, which is a foam that deactivates upon contact with blood. This foam will cause the problem veins to collapse and redirect blood flow to nearby healthy veins.

FDA Approved

The FDA approved Varithena™ in November 2013. Its proprietary formula is a popular treatment choice for doctors and patients. Before approval, Varithena™ was safety-tested on thousands of patients. Since that time, doctors have successfully performed over 100,000 Varithena™ procedures. The use of Varithena™ as a treatment for varicose veins was evaluated in multiple clinical trials, where it was found to be both safe and effective.

Will Insurance Cover Varithena™ Treatment?

The treatment of varicose veins is typically covered by private insurance and Medicare. However, these entities must first deem the treatment to be a medical necessity. Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans may also cover varicose vein treatment.

Though many insurance carriers offer coverage for varicose vein treatment, some individual insurance companies may have restrictions on the types of therapy that are covered. The severity of the varicose veins and symptoms may also play a role in determining coverage.

How To Prepare For Varithena™ Treatment:

When you initially meet with your doctor, they will check your vein health. They will visually examine your veins and perform an ultrasound to assess your veins. If treatment is necessary, you may be a great candidate for Varithena™. Varithena™ is effective on both spider veins and varicose veins that are less than one-eighth of an inch in diameter.

Please read all instructions to prepare for your appointment:

  • Please purchase your stockings and immediately wear them for at least 3-4 days to make sure they are the proper fit. Your insurance carrier may dictate that you try these stockings for some time prior to the procedure. Please bring the stockings with you on the day of the procedure. They will be used immediately following treatment, and during the following 1-2 weeks.
  • Take any regular medications the day of the procedure. There are no pre-operative medications required for Varithena™.
  • Fasting is not required; eat a normal breakfast or lunch.

What to Expect During Your Treatment:

Your skin will be cleansed with an alcohol wipe, and then a needle will be inserted into your vein. You may feel a small pinch or slight burn when the needle goes in. The entire procedure will take less than 1 hour, and you won’t need local anesthesia. The provider will use ultrasound technology to insert a needle and locate the varicose vein wall.

The Varithena™ solution will be injected into the needle, which will then travel throughout the diseased vein and cause it to close. Symptoms should begin to alleviate immediately. There is very little downtime, and you should be able to walk out the door.

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