• Clarivein

ClariVein is a new technique for the treatment of varicose veins that is proving to be safe and effective, pain free and gives a rapid return to normal activity with little or no bruising.

What is ClariVein?

ClariVein is a special catheter with a rotating tip. It is two to three times thinner than the current devices used in radiofrequency and laser treatments.

The ClariVein catheter treats the abnormal feeding vein that is the underlying cause of visible bulging varicose veins. The procedure with ClariVein is minimally invasive and takes less than 30 minutes.


Here are the steps involved:

  • Ultrasound visualizes the vein to be treated.

  • After a local anaesthetic is applied, the special ClariVein catheter is inserted through a tiny entry point and threaded along the length of the vein to be treated.

  • No anaesthetic (tumescent anesthesia) is required along the length of the vein.

  • The rotating tip of the ClariVein catheter is set in motion. The tip sensitises and damages the lining of the vein (the endothelium).

  • 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 (occlude).

  • The leg is wrapped in a compression bandage following the procedure.

  • Normal activities can be resumed rapidly after the procedure.

  • If there is any minor soreness or bruising it can be treated with over-the-counter non-aspirin pain relievers as needed. 

What is it used for?

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