The Venefit Procedure: What to expect during recovery
Patients who have chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) or varicose veins may elect to undergo a treatment to correct the condition – the Venefit Procedure. Performed on an outpatient basis, the Venefit Procedure involves using radiofrequency energy to close veins that are diseased. The blood is then rerouted to healthy veins.
How the patient may feel after the procedure.
The majority of patients who undergo the procedure do not experience pain, but some do report feeling some heat when the vein doctor energizes the catheter. This heat is typically very mild and does not cause discomfort. At our Vein Treatment Center patients undergoing the venefit procedure may be given local or general anesthesia while it is performed.
Because the anesthesia is directly injected around the nerves, there may be numbness at the site. This numbness is usually in very small areas where the procedure was performed. This is not permanent nerve damage and it the sensation will subside over time. It is usually completely gone within two to three months after the procedure.
How the procedure affects appearance.
Once the procedure is complete, most patients do not experience any swelling, bruising, or scarring at the sites. Some, however, may report some minimal or minor scarring or swelling, depending on several factors including age, sensitivity, and potential health conditions.
How long it takes before improvement is noticed.
Results are not seen immediately with this treatment. Typically, it takes one or even two weeks following the procedure before a patient will see a noticeable improvement to the appearance of the area where they had the problem veins.
How the vein reacts once it has been treated.
The diseased vein will become sealed as the heat is applied during the procedure. Once the vein is treated and sealed during the procedure the blood is rerouted through healthy, strong veins. Gradually the sealed, diseased vein will become fibrous tissue. Over time it will become incorporated into the tissue surrounding the site.
Returning to normal activities after the procedure.
The insertion sites are usually covered with a band aid and little more is required. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities the following day. Your physician may recommend a walking regimen. He or she may also advise against standing for extended periods of time and that you avoid strenuous activities like running or heavy lifting. This is only for a short time though, depending on how extensive your treatments were and other personal health factors that may slow healing or make healing more difficult.
Potential risks associated with the venefit procedure.
Most medical treatments carry some degree of risk. The venefit procedure carries extremely small risks and long term injury or complications are very rare. Your doctor can review potential risks or complications with you based on your medical history and current health conditions that may be present. Some very uncommon complications that could be caused by the procedure include:
- Skin Burn
- Vessel Perforation
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Adjacent Nerve Injury
The venefit procedure is a safe, effective way to eliminate varicose veins or CVI. If you think you may be a good candidate for this treatment call our office and make an appointment with one of our doctors and see if the venefit procedure is for you.