Nonsurgical Outpatient Solutions for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are known for their distinctive blue color and bulging appearance on the skin. Resembling large, elongated worms, they afflict an estimated 10 to 20 percent of the adult population. In the U.S. that translates into 20 to 25 million people, the majority of whom are women. Traditionally, patients diagnosed with venous reflux would undergo vein stripping surgery to correct this condition. Learn more about varicose veins.
Now, patients whose varicose veins are causing symptoms can be treated with two innovative procedures—VNUS® Closure® and VenaCure EVLTTM—both minimally invasive alternatives to painful vein stripping surgery.
How the Procedures Work
These treatments are outpatient procedures performed using imaging guidance. Local anesthesia with moderate sedation is used to insure comfort during the treatment. You and your interventional radiologist will determine which minimally invasive procedure is best for you.
Closure: The Closure procedure uses radio frequency (RF) energy to close off the diseased vein. An interventional radiologist guides a probe through a catheter into the vein and then transmits a radio frequency. The RF energy heats the vein wall, causing it to shrink and the vein to close. The body automatically reroutes the blood to healthy veins.
VenaCure EVLT: VenaCure EVLT is an endovenous laser treatment for varicose veins. A laser fiber is inserted into the vein, and the laser energizes the fiber as it is withdrawn from the vein. Energy emitted from the tip of the fiber causes only the treated vein to close, while the body automatically reroutes the blood to healthy veins.
By closing the diseased vein, the twisted and varicosed branch veins, which are near to the skin, shrink and improve in appearance. Once the vein is closed, other healthy veins take over to carry blood from the leg and reestablish normal flow.
Following the procedure, the catheter is removed, a bandage is placed over the insertion site, and your leg may be wrapped typically for one day to aid healing. Your doctor may ask you to walk, wear compression stockings and refrain from standing for long periods of time following the procedure to help speed recovery. Many patients resume normal activity within one to two days.
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