Some people hesitate to have their varicose veins evaluated and treated because they are concerned about the pain involved, recovery times, possible scarring and the expense. Fortunately, many of those concerns can be alleviated for most people.
One of the most innovative treatments available to treat varicose veins is the minimally invasive VNUS Closure procedure*. Not only are pain and scarring minimized, but recovery times are typically much faster. Patients usually walk out the door shortly after the surgery. In fact, 98% of VNUS Closure patients would recommend the treatment to a friend or family member with similar leg vein problems. As far as the cost is concerned, if an individual has varicose veins severe enough to need surgical treatment, it is usually considered to be a medical condition – in many cases, this means that Medicare or insurance will cover the cost.
VNUS Closure is a minimally invasive procedure that uses RF ablation to heat and shrink the vein in a controlled manner. Once the area is numb, a thin catheter (a tube even smaller than a coffee stirrer) is threaded into the damaged or diseased vein using a single needle stick. Proper placement of the catheter is assisted by the use of duplex ultrasound (similar to that which is used for obstetrical ultrasounds). The catheter delivers radiofrequency or microwave energy to the vein wall. This causes the vein to heat up, collapse and seal shut.
After the diseased vein is closed, nearby healthy veins take over and empty the blood from your legs. Once normal blood flow is re-established, symptoms quickly improve. The procedure is less painful than some options and usually leaves the patient with little (if any) bruising, scarring or swelling. In addition, most patients can return to normal activities almost immediately.
This is just one of many options available to patients today. Fortunately, the vascular specialists of Peoria Vein Center are experienced in many different procedures and can recommend the most appropriate treatment for each patient.
Individuals that have a pacemaker, internal defibrillator or other active implanted device should have the vascular surgeon consult with the patient’s cardiologist and the implant’s manufacturer to determine if this procedure is a safe course of action.