Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers


At Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers, we are committed to providing our patients with the most advanced and effective treatments for vein conditions. One such treatment is Varithena® (polidocanol injectable foam), a minimally invasive solution for treating varicose veins. This blog will provide an in-depth look at Varithena®, how it works, its benefits, and what patients can expect from the procedure.


What is Varithena®?

Varithena® is a prescription medicine used to treat varicose veins caused by problems in the great saphenous vein (GSV) system and its associated branches. It is a minimally invasive treatment that involves the injection of a microfoam formulation directly into the affected veins. The active ingredient, polidocanol, is a sclerosing agent that works by irritating the lining of the vein, causing it to collapse and eventually be absorbed by the body.


How Does Varithena® Work?

The treatment with Varithena® involves the following steps:


  • Preparation: The area around the vein is cleaned and sterilized. A local anesthetic may be applied to ensure patient comfort.
  • Injection: Varithena® foam is injected into the targeted vein using a fine needle or catheter. The foam fills the vein and displaces blood, causing the vein to collapse.
  • Post-Injection: The collapsed vein is gradually absorbed by the body. Blood flow is redirected to healthier veins, improving overall circulation.

Benefits of Varithena®

Varithena® offers several advantages over traditional vein treatments:


  • Minimally Invasive: Unlike surgical procedures, Varithena® requires no incisions and involves minimal downtime.
  • Effective: Clinical studies have shown that Varithena® effectively improves the appearance and symptoms of varicose veins.
  • Quick Procedure: The treatment typically takes less than an hour, allowing patients to return to their normal activities quickly.
  • Cosmetic Improvement: Patients often experience significant improvement in the appearance of their legs, with reduced visibility of varicose veins.
  • Symptom Relief: Varithena® can alleviate common symptoms associated with varicose veins, such as pain, swelling, and heaviness.

Who is a Candidate for Varithena®?

Varithena® is suitable for patients with varicose veins in the GSV system who are experiencing symptoms or cosmetic concerns. Ideal candidates include those who:


  • Have visible varicose veins.
  • Experience discomfort, swelling, or other symptoms due to varicose veins.
  • Prefer a minimally invasive treatment option.
  • Are looking for a quick and effective solution with minimal downtime.

What to Expect During and After the Procedure

During the Procedure:


  • Patients will lie down comfortably during the injection.
  • The physician will carefully administer the foam into the affected veins.
  • The procedure is usually well-tolerated, with minimal discomfort.

After the Procedure:


  • Patients can typically resume normal activities the same day.
  • Compression stockings may be recommended to aid in recovery and improve results.
  • Mild side effects, such as bruising or swelling at the injection site, are common but usually resolve quickly.
  • Follow-up appointments may be scheduled to monitor progress and ensure optimal results.

Varithena® (polidocanol injectable foam) is a revolutionary treatment for varicose veins, offering a minimally invasive, effective, and quick solution for patients. At Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers, we are dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients, using the latest technologies and treatments to ensure optimal outcomes.


If you are struggling with varicose veins and looking for a safe and effective treatment, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our experienced team will evaluate your condition and discuss whether Varithena® is the right option for you. Take the first step towards healthier, more beautiful legs with Varithena® at Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers. https://veincarecenters.com/contact/

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