If you have vein disease, you are not alone. As many 35 percent of people in the United States have varicose veins, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery. Venefit™ is a procedure in which our vein doctor uses radiofrequency energy to treat varicose veins and the vein disease known as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
Venefit™ safely and effectively treats varicose veins and CVI. Varicose veins are bloated, twisted veins that can develop on your lower legs. Once treated as merely a cosmetic problem, doctors now treat varicose veins as a medical issue.
Left untreated, varicose veins can develop into chronic venous insufficiency, which is much more serious. CVI is a medical condition in which blood vessels that carries blood from your feet to your heart swell, which prevents blood from flowing upwards against the force of gravity. Incorrect blood flow, known as reflux, can cause veins to expand, lose their form, and protrude from beneath your skin. Symptoms of CVI include pain, swelling of the leg, leg heaviness, and fatigue. Skin discoloration and sores, known as ulcers, may develop around your ankles.
Vein Doctors Perform Venefit™ to Treat Varicose Veins and CVI
Vein doctors now have a variety of CVI and varicose vein treatments options from which to choose, including ambulatory phlebectomy and Venefit™. Ambulatory phlebectomy is a procedure where vascular surgeons remove the diseased vein through tiny slits in the skin. Your body simply reroutes blood flow through nearby veins.
Venefit™ uses the power of sound waves to disable the diseased vein, causing the blood vessel to seal closed. Your body reroutes blood flow as the treated vein breaks apart; nearby tissues absorb the disintegrated vein. The varicose vein slowly fades away and leaves the skin looking smooth and attractive.
Vein doctors can typically perform the Venefit™ procedure in about 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the severity of the varicose veins or CVI and the patient’s individual needs. Most patients can expect to be at the vein clinic for two to three hours, including the pre- and post-operative care. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, Venefit™ requires no hospitalization – your vein doctor can perform the procedure at your local vein treatment center.
Most patients feel little to no pain associated with Venefit™ procedure. Your vein doctor will numb the treatment area with local anesthesia before inserting a thin flexible tube, known as a catheter, into the diseased vein through a small incision in your skin. The vascular surgeon then uses a machine to send sound waves through the catheter into the vein; the sound waves irritate the inside of the veins to cause them to close.
You can return to your normal activities almost immediately after the procedure. In fact, your vein doctor may suggest a walking regimen to speed healing.
If you have chronic venous insufficiency or varicose veins, do not suffer with the discomfort and embarrassment of vein disease – make an appointment with your local vein treatment center.