Varicose veins are common in the American population, with approximately 40 million American adults being affected at some point in their lives. Varicose veins are formed when the valves that work to push blood back into the heart weaken and close up, blocking blood flow in the vein. This causes the blood flow back into the vein and causes blockages in the vein, making the veins swollen and painful.
Varicose veins can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, throbbing, itching and general achiness in the legs. Luckily, there are many treatments on the market to help you deal with varicose veins such as Varithena®, which can help you effectively deal with them. At Ozark Regional Vein Center, we’ll be happy to help you find out if this treatment is right for you. Contact our office in Rogers to learn more!
There are many causes for varicose veins, including increased pressure in the veins from constant standing or damage to the veins through diet or age. They tend to run in families, and some people are born with weak valves while others develop them later in life. They are more common in women than in men and are found more often as we age.
While varicose veins are usually not a serious problem in themselves, they are uncomfortable and may lead to rare complications such as blood clots, open sores, and bleeding.
How Does Varithena Work?
Varithena is an injectable foam treatment that causes the vein to collapse. This means that blood no longer gets blocked in this vein and is instead rerouted to healthier veins nearby. The foam is easily tolerated by the body and degrades rapidly, meaning there are few side effects from the procedure. The treatment is FDA-approved and has been shown to be less invasive and more effective than alternative procedures. In fact, it is the only FDA-approved injectable foam treatment on the market. Varithena can be used on a wide variety of veins above and below the knee and can also be used on veins that have already been treated.
The Varithena Procedure
The Varithena procedure is simple and quick. There will first be a brief consultation with our specialist to confirm patient suitability for the treatment. This consultation time is designed to give the patient time to raise any concerns about the procedure. Our specialist will give the patient a local anesthetic and then inject the solution directly into the vein or use a catheter depending on the vein being treated. The entire procedure is over in under half an hour, and you will be able to resume your normal life almost instantly. Our provider may recommend avoiding excessive walking or heavy exercise for a week after the treatment to give the vein and surrounding area time to recover.
Whether your varicose veins are causing you discomfort or you are simply unhappy with their appearance, Varithena can help. Contact the trusted experts at Ozark Regional Vein Center in Rogers to schedule your initial consultation!