What is ClariVein Treatment for Spider Veins?
Jan 01, 2020
What exactly does ClariVein for spider veins involve?
ClariVein is a technique through which multiple spider veins can be treated through a single injection site. Usually, spider veins are treated by a technique called sclerotherapy, in which a medicated solution (called sclerosant) is injected into the defective vein. Sclerosant causes the vein walls to stick together, after which they shrivel and disappear. However, this only be applied to really tiny veins, and you would need to inject each vein separately. That is where the ClariVein catheter device comes in. The ClariVein device is a tiny catheter with a rotating tip. The tip of the catheter helps disperse the sclerosant throughout large veins, in all directions. Your vein doctor would inject this device into a single large vein, using ultrasound imaging guidance. Once it goes within the vein, it works its magic from within, causing all the defective veins to disappear.
What are the advantages of ClariVein treatment?
ClariVein is a recently introduced, advanced treatment option. It scores over other modes of treatment for varicose and spider veins in several ways:
- This is an outpatient procedure which only requires a visit to your vein doctor’s office. No hospital admissions are needed, and the procedure lasts less than 45 minutes.
- You will only need one single injection throughout the procedure.
- This procedure requires ultrasound imaging guidance, which improves its accuracy.
- There is almost no bruising associated with this procedure, unlike other modes of treatment.
- This procedure requires no recovery time, and you can return to work immediately.
Why do I need to get ClariVein as a part of spider vein treatment?
ClariVein is usually performed in one of the larger veins of your leg, and not directly on the spider veins themselves. You may therefore wonder whether this is necessary – aren’t you essentially treating a completely healthy vein?
Not really. What you need to understand is, that spider veins are formed because the larger vein in question is unhealthy – and has developed a condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVS). In CVS, the large veins of the leg, called the saphenous veins, do not transport impure blood back to the heart efficiently. This causes the ‘dirty’ blood to pool in the leg veins, causing them to swell under pressure. The high pressure makes the flood force its way into new, unhealthy veins just under the surface of your skin. These are the spider veins that you see externally. The new veins may also be in the form of larger, twisted structures called varicose veins. If you just get the tiny spider veins removed, without fixing the larger veins, they will just re-form again. The only way to permanently fix the spider veins is to put the larger, unhealthy veins also out of commission. This is what ClariVein does, giving you a complete, effective solution for your spider veins.
What are the other alternatives to ClariVein for treating varicose and spider veins?
Being a new, advanced procedure, ClariVein can be a little hard on the pocket. Not all insurance providers have caught up with covering for the cost of ClariVein treatment. This being the case, you may want to explore other alternatives for treating your varicose and spider veins and underlying chronic venous insufficiency. There are several proven minimally invasive procedures which shut down blood flow in the main veins, and cure varicose and spider veins. Some tried and tested methods include the following:
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA): This technique uses thermal energy from a radiofrequency catheter to melt the vein walls and fuse them together. This procedure requires injecting an anesthetic into the skin over the vein first, which serves two purposes – to numb the skin, and to act as a ‘tumescent’ or an agent that separates tissue structures. A small skin incision is then made to expose the defective vein. A radiofrequency catheter is then inserted into the vein, and energy is delivered through this. This causes the vein walls to soften and stick together, thus cutting off blood circulation.
- Endovenous Laser ablation (EVLA): This technique, like RFA, requires a numbing injection and an incision. It uses laser energy delivered through a laser fiber instead of a radiofrequency catheter. Laser energy is more intense, and can cause more discomfort during the procedure as compared to RFA.
- VenaSeal: Like ClariVein, this is another advanced technique that does not need numbing and tumescent injections, or incisions. In this technique, medicated glue is directly injected into the defective vein. The glue acts almost immediately to fuse the vein walls together. Over time, the vein hardens and shrinks, and the body digests it.
- Varithena: This is also a form of sclerotherapy. Instead of sclerosant, it uses medicated foam for injection, which tends to disperse over a wider area. This is therefore used for medium sized veins.
The Vein Treatment Clinic offers comprehensive evaluation for chronic venous insufficiency, and advanced, personalized treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. We have on board the nation’s most experienced vein experts, who are board certified, Ivy league trained physicians. Our vein doctors have both the skills and the resources to offer you all minimally invasive treatment procedures for spider veins – including advanced options like VenaSeal and ClariVein. If you would like to consult our vein experts, book an appointment online, or call 855-386-0195 today!
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Scheduling a consultation with one of our vein treatment experts is one of the best ways to determine the proper resolution for your varicose veins. The treatments can include sclerotherapy, laser or radiofrequency ablation, a medication called Varithena, or procedures such as Venaseal, or Clarivein.
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Dr. Namrata Khimani
Venous specialist | Harvard Medical School
Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.
If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.
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