The Newest Varicose Vein Treatment is Available in Pittsburgh

The Newest Varicose Vein Treatment is Available in Pittsburgh

Varithena Varicose Vein Treatment Gets FDA Approval

Ch-ch changes. Change is inevitable except from a vending machine. The latest cutting-edge treatment for varicose veins has just become accessible to people in Pittsburgh suffering with varicose veins.

What’s on you bucket list?

 Does your bucket list include getting rid of your ugly varicose veins?

Are your legs aching at the end of the day and interfering with your daily activities? Are you tired of your legs being tired? Do your legs swell? If you have varicose veins, we can help.

Your Complete Guide to Varithena Varicose Vein Treatment

To make discussing this bucket list simple, let me be clear. It’s all about weighing risks versus benefits. Will the risk of the varicose vein treatment outweigh the benefit of getting rid of my veins?

You have ignored your varicose veins for years for one reason or another. One reason is fear. Finally, people in Pittsburgh can enjoy the latest FDA approved treatment for varicose veins available in the United States with less risk.

What Are the Risks of Varicose Vein Treatment?

People hate to hear about risks.  When I tell someone about injections of varicose veins, I have to discuss all of the complications. That is informed consent. Then doctors ask you to sign a consent form.

Let’s be perfectly clear. Eliminating the risk of stroke from the treatment is really why the new medicine called Varithena has become available.

Stroke from a vein treatment? Are you serious?  Stroke is an extremely rare but serious complication from sclerotherapy when using hand-made foam. Up until now, hand-made foam was the standard of care when vein doctors do injections to treat varicose veins.

Doctor, you mean I could have a stroke after an injection? Yes, but the chance is less than one in a million. You still don’t want to hear that.

Varithena has eliminated those serious stroke risks.

That’s the reason it is making news. That’s why I am writing about it. It is safer than traditional foam injections. Varithena micro bubble foam comes in a canister. Unfortunately, hand-made foam has been associated with stroke but it is very rare.

Varithena varicose vein treatment is the first truly non-surgical approach to treat varicose veins.

  1. It is unique and patent protected.
  2. Risks are very low.
  3. The benefits even in older high-risk patients are significant.
  4. There are no incisions.
  5. No sedation is required.
  6. You can drive yourself home.
  7. It takes ten to fifteen minutes.
  8. The varicose veins close and are absorbed by your body.
  9. Blood is rerouted to normal veins.
  10. Your circulation is improved.

Signs that you may need treatment for your varicose veins include the following symptoms.

The acronym for varicose vein symptoms is HASTI. Those initials stand for heaviness, ache, swelling, throbbing and itching. If you have some or all of these symptoms and visible bulging veins, you may be a candidate for Varithena injections.

Varithena varicose vein treatment improves the symptoms and the appearance of varicose veins in both the doctor and patient’s final assessments.

Varithena Varicose Vein Treatment is Really Much Faster and Easier

Best of all, there is less pinching and less discomfort as compared to laser and radiofrequency closure. The reason is that tumescent anesthesia is not required. Tumescent anesthesia is the longest portion of the laser procedure when treating many people with varicose veins.

Varithena is also very effective in closing big varicose veins and getting to the root of the problem. It takes only ten to fifteen minutes to do the injections. It is much quicker than laser.

The company that makes Varithena is “all in”

BTG is the company that makes Varithena. They have spent 16 years doing clinical trials and hundreds of millions of dollars for FDA approval.

The trials were extremely rigorous.

Proof of effectiveness was by computer analysis. Improvement was scored using a computer pads given to the patients. The symptom improvement score used a novel patient-reported outcomes instrument called VVSymQ.

Patients scored their symptoms such as swelling and aching using a daily electronic diary for 10 days prior to treatment. This was their baseline. They then recorded a score eight weeks following their treatment. The improvement in appearance was also measured and scored by the patient.

An independent panel rigorously reviewed the before and after photographs. The final improvement in appearance was significant. The results are final and look very good.


What Katrina did to New Orleans, Varithena can do for your veins. The floodgates are opening for this revolutionary new drug. It is already making a big “splash”.

Dr. Happel stated, ” Varithena varicose vein treatment is the new kid on the block. Vein doctors have been anxiously waiting for over ten years for this medicine to become FDA approved. That day has finally arrived.”  It is available at Happel Laser & Vein Center.   Call and ask if you are a candidate for this exciting, groundbreaking medicine that is making all of the news in the vein world.

About The Author

Dr. John Happel

Dr. John Happel has been in practice as a surgeon since 1986 in the Pittsburgh region. He specializes in vascular surgery and has subspecialized in the treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1999. Dr. Happel is board certified in vascular surgery and recertified in vascular surgery in 2012. He was chosen in 1985 to fulfill the position for the vascular surgical fellowship at the world renowned Mayo Clinic.