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ClariVein® is the latest technological innovation in the treatment of varicose veins.

It is effective in treating varicose veins and has the great advantage over other techniques in that it is a relatively painless procedure. It uses a rotating tip that sprays a special liquid to close and seal the faulty, leaking vein. This is known as chemo-mechanical ablation.

How is Clarivein® used to treat varicose veins

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Clarivein® is a special motorised catheter with a rotating tip. It differs from other modern treatments such as laser and radio-frequency that use heat to seal and close the vein (thermo-ablation). Instead it uses chemo-mechanical ablation. Chemo stands for the liquid that has special chemical properties that destroy the inner lining of the vein. Mechanical stands for the rotating tip of the catheter that sprays this liquid onto the inside wall of the vein. The rotating action of the catheter tip within the inside of the faulty and leaky vein and the sprayed liquid, act together to close and seal the veins. This prevents reflux of blood (flowing in the wrong direction) down this vein. This will abolish the feeling of heaviness and pain in the leg and also prevent filling of any unsightly varicosities. As Clarivein does not use heat, it does not cause pain and there is no risk of burning structures close to the vein. Tumescent anaesthesia, the uncomfortable injections given with other endovenous procedures, are therefore not required when using Clarivein. This is why most patients find the Clarivein procedure more comfortable and tolerable than all other endovenous techniques.

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Before Treatment.

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1 week after treatment.

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6 weeks after treatment.

The procedure with Clarivein® is minimally invasive and may be performed in under 30 minutes.

  • Ultrasound visualises the vein to be treated
  • The special ClariVein catheter is inserted through a tiny entßry point n the skin and threaded along the length of the vein to be treated.
  • The rotating tip of the ClariVein is set in motion and this sensitises and damages the lining of the vein.
  • The catheter is pulled down the vein with the tip rotating, and simultaneously a sclerosant drug is sprayed from the end of the catheter which causes the vein to close.
  • ClariVein is a non thermal technique, and as such there is no heat generated during the procedure. This means that no tumescent anaesthesia is required.
Normal activites can be resumed rapidly after the procedure.

Note: Clarivein is a very new technique and we therefore only have data (results) for one year after the procedure and only in a small number of cases. This is however the case with all new techniques and it depends on patient preference whether one would like to go with an old but tested technique or the latest medical technology. Mr Serracino-Inglott sees no reason why the long-term results of Clarivein should not be as good as other techniques in the long-term.

Clarivein Patient Leaflet

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