The VNUS® Closure® procedure, like vein stripping, is used to eliminate
reverse blood flow (venous reflux) in the great saphenous vein. But
unlike in vein stripping, the vein is not physically removed, and the
procedure can be performed without general anesthesia. Like other venous
procedures, the Closure procedure involves risks and potential
complications. You should consult your doctor to determine whether or
not you are a candidate for this procedure and if your condition
presents any special risks. Complications reported in medical literature
include numbness or tingling (paresthesia), skin burns, blood clots, and
temporary tenderness in the treated limb.
Is the procedure painful?
You should experience little if any pain during and after the procedure.
How quickly can I resume normal activity?
You should be able to walk immediately following the procedure and
typically resume normal activities within one day.
How soon will my symptoms improve?
You will notice an immediate relief of symptoms including pain, leg
heaviness and fatigue. The complete benefits of the procedure may take
one to two weeks.
Is there any scarring, bruising or swelling after the procedure?
Patients report minimal or no scarring, bruising or swelling following
What if I need the vein for bypass surgery in the future?
The procedure treats diseased veins only, which are not appropriate for
Is the procedure covered by insurance?
Many major insurance carriers cover the Closure procedure, based on
medical necessity for symptom relief.
The VenaCure EVLT™ Treatment
How is a laser procedure different from surgery?
Surgery involves considerable preparation, general anesthesia, the risk
of infection, pain in the affected areas and a lengthy recovery period.
The medical laser technology used in VenaCure eliminates all of that. It
is "minimally invasive." The entry point through which your physician
gets the laser fiber to the target area is extremely small, not even
requiring stitches. There is really no recovery to speak of. You'll be
up and walking as soon as it's over, able to return to full normal
activity. The risk of infection is extremely low, and the treatment is
I've heard about lasers being used in medicine but I'm not sure
how they work. Are they safe?
Simply put, a laser is a highly concentrated beam of light. Medical
lasers work by delivering this light energy to the targeted tissue with
extreme precision so as not to affect the surrounding tissue. They have
proven their safety and effectiveness through years of use in a number
of medical fields, including ophthalmology and dermatology. In the hands
of a skilled physician, lasers offer far less risk and fewer
complications than conventional surgery.
Exactly how does a laser treat varicose veins?
Your veins carry blood from the capillaries to the heart. In your leg,
this means the blood has to flow upward, against gravity. Consequently,
these veins have one-way valves to prevent the blood from back flowing.
Over time these valves can fail to close tightly, allowing blood to pool
and causing the bulging and twisting characteristic of varicose veins.
VenaCure fixes this problem at the source by delivering just the right
wavelength of laser energy to just the right tissue, causing the
incompetent vein to close. Your body automatically reroutes the blood to
other healthy veins.
What is the actual procedure like?
It takes about 45 minutes and requires just local anesthesia. Your
physician then inserts a thin laser fiber into the vein through a
sheath, and the laser light is emitted through the fiber. While you
might feel some unfamiliar sensation, it is not painful. And it is all
done in an outpatient setting, such as your physician's office or a
one-day surgery center.
How do I prepare?
Simply avoid taking any food or liquid two hours before the procedure.
How long before I see the results?
There may be some slight swelling right after the procedure, but you
could start seeing results immediately.
Will the results last?
VenaCure has proved to be 97 percent effective—an outstanding record of
success. Therefore, you should experience no recurrence in the veins
that have been treated. Follow-up procedures may be desired to obtain
optimal aesthetic results.
Will my insurance cover it?
Check your policy and call your insurance provider to find out what
their exact coverage will be.
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