Getting rid of varicose veins has never been safer, easier or more comfortable than it is now. Now, you can benefit from new treatments that are minimally invasive and feature very little if any discomfort along with fast recovery times. Venefit Closure, sclerotherapy, thermocoagulation and ambulatory phlebectomy are all forms of treatment that alleviate vein problems without vein surgery. Get back to your usual activities – minus the discomfort of varicose veins!
Duplex ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that uses ultrasound imaging to take a picture of the veins under the skin. If the source of the pooling or blockage is not immediately apparent through a visual examination, your surgeon will use duplex ultrasound to identify the exact problem areas before proceeding with a treatment plan.
The Closure (Venefit) Procedure
The VNUS Closure™ (Venefit) Procedure, an alternative treatment option to traditional vein stripping surgery, brings state-of-the-art technology to an age-old disease.
The Closure (Venefit) procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound, your physician will position the Closure catheter into the diseased vein, through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy to the vein wall. As the RF energy is delivered and the catheter is withdrawn, the vein wall is heated, causing the collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins.
Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the insertion site, and additional compression may be provided to aid healing. Your doctor may encourage you to walk, and to refrain from extended standing and strenuous activities for a period of time.
Patients who undergo the Closure (Venefit) procedure typically resume normal activities within a day.
Highlights of the Closure (Venefit) procedure
- Relief of symptoms
- Resume normal activity within a day
- Outpatient procedure
- Local or general anesthesia
- Good cosmetic outcome with minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a method of surgical removal of surface veins. This is usually done at an outpatient surgery center using general anesthesia. Incisions are tiny (stitches are generally not necessary) and typically leave imperceptible puncture mark scars. Post-operative discomfort is minimal. After the vein has been removed by phlebectomy, a bandage and/or compression stocking is worn for a short period.