First varicose vein patient treated with FDA-approved Varithena (polidocanol injectable foam) 1%


BTG International has announced that the first varicose vein patient has been treated with Varithena (polidocanol injectable foam), the only FDA-approved foam for the treatment of incompetent great saphenous veins, accessory saphenous veins and visible varicosities of the great saphenous veins system both above and below the knee.

Varithena improves symptoms related to or caused by varicose veins, and the appearance of varicose veins, and is proven to reduce the five symptoms patients consider most important – heaviness, achiness, swelling, throbbing, itching (HASTI symptoms).

Marlin Schul of the Lafayette Regional Vein & Laser Center in Indiana, USA, who conducted the first Varithena procedure, says, “I am proud to now be able to offer Varithena as a new treatment option for my patients with varicose veins. Varithena is a convenient, minimally invasive treatment and patients can return to normal activities shortly after treatment.”

Paul McCubbin, Head of Varithena at BTG, comments, “Varithena is the first and only FDA-approved comprehensive treatment that improves the symptoms and appearance of varicose veins. We are delighted that this clinically proven product is now commercially available to qualified physicians.”

Varithena is a uniform, low-nitrogen, polidocanol microfoam, dispensed from a proprietary canister device. The physician injects a small amount of Varithena into the malfunctioning vein through a catheter or a needle. It displaces the blood from the vein to reach and treat the vein wall; the diseased vein collapses and blood flow is diverted to healthy veins nearby.