In November of 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Varithena,™ a new type of foam treatment for the treatment of patients with incompetent veins and visible varicosities of the great saphenous vein (GSV) system. Varithena™ is a pharmaceutical-grade, low-nitrogen, polidocanol foam dispensed from a canister device. In two pivotal, placebo-controlled Phase III trials, VANISH-1 and VANISH-2, Varithena™ achieved a clinically meaningful improvement in the symptoms of superficial venous incompetence and the appearance of visible varicosities and addressed the underlying venous incompetence in the majority of patients treated. Varithena™ (polidocanol injectable foam) is a sclerosing agent indicated for the treatment of incompetent great saphenous veins, accessory saphenous veins and visible varicosities of the great saphenous vein system above and below the knee. Varithena™ improves the symptoms of superficial venous incompetence and the appearance of visible varicosities. Treatment is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that requires neither tumescent anesthesia nor sedation. Foam sclerotherapy has been used for years by medical doctors. What is new with Varithena™ , is that the foam is pre-made with low-nitrogen as opposed to room air, and is dispensed in a proprietary canister. It is not yet available in doctors offices. Making Foam
The June 1st episode of The Dr. Oz Show brought attention to foam sclerotherapy. He describes it as latest, most advanced technique to eradicate painful, varicose veins. Dr. Oz’s guest demonstrated how the procedure is performed: He used a vein light to visualize the veins, followed by a painless injection of a foamed solution. He also mentions that the old Varicose Vein Treatments hurt because of the saline solution that used to be used, but newer solutions such as polidocanol, are nearly painless.
We’re pleased that Dr. Oz brought much need attention to foam sclerotherapy, as we have been using it as an alternative to surgery for years. What most people don’t realize is that foam sclerotherapy is not new, but rather newly recognized. Foam sclerotherapy offers patients a non-surgical alternative for the treatment of varicose veins. There is essentially no down-time and return to normal activities is immediate.
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