Dr. Janoff visits KATU TV AM to Discuss Vein Treatment
Helen: Those veins are not only unsightly but can really be painful, so now there’s a center that’s devoted solely to the treatment of veins. And here to tell us about the latest treatments is Board Certified Vascular Surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Janoff. Welcome to AM Northwest.
Dr. Kenneth Janoff: Thank you. Thanks for having me.
Helen: Let’s talk about this. You devoted a whole treatment for the veins so there must be a problem out there. A lot of people must be affected.
Dr. Kenneth Janoff: Absolutely, the 20 to 25 million Americans have varicose veins and they can cause quite a bit of discomfort.
Helen: So they’re not only unsightly but, like as we mentioned, not comfortable?
Dr. Kenneth Janoff: Yeah.
Dr. Kenneth Janoff: Throbbing, aching, burning and itching.
Helen: What types of vein is usually you see?
Dr. Kenneth Janoff: Well, at the center we’re seeing people with primary varicose veins, spider veins, people with ulcers from venous which is called Venous Stasis Disease. We see pretty much to everybody with venous problems.
Helen: Let’s take a look before and afters because those are always just stunning. So, tell me about what we’re seeing here. Wow, that is a difference.
Dr. Kenneth Janoff: Well on the left they’re large what we call ropey varicose veins and that patient had treatment with what’s called the Vnus Closurefast Catheter, which I happen to have one here, and basically that was treated with just the needed stick into just below the knee and then the catheter spread it up and we heat the inside of the vein and it shuts it down and decompresses these other veins.
Helen: How many treatment? How uncomfortable are the treatments? It sounds kind of . . .
Dr. Kenneth Janoff: It’s about a 15 to 20 minute treatment in office under local anesthesia. It’s really tolerated very well. It’s much, much better than the old vein stripping where we tore the vein out of the leg actually.
Helen: Oh, yeah, oh gosh, and then this?
Dr. Kenneth Janoff: Same thing that was accessed in the thigh and you can see on the left the large blue veins that are now very less prominent.
Helen: What about spider veins? How do you get rid of those?
Dr. Kenneth Janoff: Well, we have a couple of options. We can do what’s called Sclerotherapy where you inject veins with a solution that scars them down and then we have a new machine called VeinGogh which just with a little bulk of radio frequency electricity cauterizes the veins with a very tiny needle that’s just barely put into the skin.
Helen: All right, tell me about this. This is what you mentioned earlier.
Dr. Kenneth Janoff: Well, this is the Vnus Closurefast Catheter. This has this exposed metal tip that goes inside the vein and then it plugs in at the back to a generator and once it’s in position we push the button and it just cycles up to a 120 degree centigrade for 20 seconds. And then we just advance it down the leg until we’ve completed the treatment.
Helen: Wow, I love the before and afters because it really says at all, doesn’t it? Folks, if you’d like to find out more about the Bridgeport Vein Center just give them a call at 503-239-4324. As we mentioned you are a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon, it’s in Portland at 503-636-0776 Lake Oswego. We’ll put all that information onto our website at KATU. Thank you very much appreciated.
Dr. Kenneth Janoff: And thanks so much.