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Minimally Invasive Varicose Vein Treatment

What is Varithena®?

Varithena (polidocanol injectable foam) is a drug/device combination that generates microfoam for ultrasound guided injection. Varithena improves the symptoms of superficial venous reflux disease as well as improving the appearance of varicose veins. It is the only FDA approved foam used to treat varicose vein problems.

Varithena is Proven to Improve the Following Symptoms:

  • Heaviness
  • Achiness
  • Swelling
  • Throbbing
  • Itching

How Does Varithena Work?

Varithena is administered by Dr. Vasquez into the malfunctioning veins. The microfoam displaces the blood within the diseased vein and causes the vein to collapse. Blood no longer falls backward down the leg (reflux) but flows up and out of the leg through healthier veins nearby. This non-surgical procedure requires no incision and is better tolerated than other catheter techniques. The microfoam is rapidly absorbed and far more advanced than other foams available.

Treatment often takes less than 30 minutes and patients can go home the same day. Many activities can be resumed the day of treatment. Patients should follow post-treatment instructions and avoid heavy exercise for one week.

Dr. Vasquez was one of the Principal Investigators of the FDA clinical study that demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of this new drug. More information and actual study patient photos can be seen at

Dr. Vasquez Discusses Varithena Treatment on AM Buffalo

To Our Valued Patients:

Like the rest of the world, we have been keenly monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is an unprecedented time in history that leaves us with great uncertainty. As we fight this pandemic, we want to reassure you that Dr. Michael Vasquez and Venous Institute of Buffalo will remain open and ready to meet your emergent healthcare needs. We were here for you before COVID-19, we are here now, and we will be here after COVID-19 is contained.

Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19 our offices have implemented enhanced safety measures so that we can minimize the risk of infection. We will take every precaution available to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy.

Telemedicine (telephone or video visit) is a safe way to obtain a consultation/appointment for all patients. Our staff has been reaching out to reschedule non-urgent appointments. The need for an in-person office appointment and/or ultrasound will be determined by Dr. Vasquez or one of our Physician Assistants by way of Telemedicine.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), please DO NOT travel outside your home. Please call your Primary Care Physician so that he/she may tell you how to proceed.

All patients who are required to come to the office will be screened prior to their visit to ensure that they have not developed any symptoms related to COVID-19.

Most importantly, please make sure you continue to follow ALL guidelines set forth by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). By helping do your part by practicing social distancing, proper health and hygiene we can contain the spread of this pandemic.

On behalf of Dr. Vasquez, thank you for doing your part to keep yourself, your family and our community safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing you soon!