Pueblo Vein Center

Vein Surgery Center located in Pueblo, CO

When you decide it’s time to do away with unattractive or painful varicose veins, Varithena® may be your best treatment option. Gary E. Lane, MD, FACS, at Pueblo Vein Center in Pueblo, Colorado, has helped many men and women safely and very effectively eliminate varicose veins with injectable Varithena. To learn about your treatment options or to have your varicose veins evaluated, call Pueblo Vein Center or schedule an appointment online today.

Varithena Q & A

Pueblo Vein Center

What is Varithena?

Varithena is the brand name of a medication called polidocanol that is delivered in a proprietary foam system. It’s used as a varicose vein treatment called chemical ablation. The characteristics of this stable foam allow it to be safely used in larger diameter veins than traditional sclerotherapy is able to treat. The polidocanol safely damages the vein wall, causing scarring. Over time, the treated vein disappears as your body absorbs the scarred tissues.


What types of varicose veins are treated with Varithena?

Varicose veins develop when blood that’s supposed to travel up your leg and back to your heart begins to flow backward. This problem generally occurs when valves that normally block blood from going back down the leg become too weak or damaged to function.

Chemical ablation with Varithena can be used to treat a wide range of varicose veins, including:

  • Veins that are twisted
  • Veins with a diameter greater than 3mm
  • Veins that were already treated with another method

Varithena is able to treat a wide range of vein shapes and sizes, but it’s not always the only option. Dr. Lane talks with you about which method is best for your veins after conducting a complete examination.


What happens during chemical ablation with Varithena?

Dr. Lane starts the procedure by administering a local anesthetic. Using ultrasound guidance, the Varithena is directly injected into the targeted varicose veins.  As the foam spreads through the veins, the polidocanol comes into full contact with the vein wall, causing damage that collapses those vein walls. Multiple veins are treated with each treatment session.

Your procedure takes less than an hour. When Dr. Lane is finished, he applies a compression stocking that you’ll need to wear for two weeks. You can return to most activities as soon as your injection is finished, but you’ll need to stay away from heavy exercise for a week.

Whether you want to eliminate your varicose veins for cosmetic reasons or because they’re painful, chemical ablation with Varithena may be a great option. To learn more, call Pueblo Vein Center or book an appointment online today.