98% of patients who have undergone VNUS Treatments are willing to recommend it to a friend or family member with similar leg vein problems.
VNUS® Radiofrequency, also known as Endovenous RadioFrequency Ablation or VNUS Closure, is a minimally invasive varicose vein treatment procedure that uses radiofrequency energy (electricity) to heat, collapse and seal off the targeted blood vessels. VNUS RF treatment is an alternative to more invasive leg stripping surgery, with less pain and bruising that stripping treatments. It is used primarily to treat the great saphenous veins (GSV), small saphenous vein (SSV), and other superficial veins in the legs. Varicose veins that branch off from these blood vessels are treated with sclerotherapy or phlebectomy.
This treatment is performed in our office under local anesthesia. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately following the procedure, and are usually able to resume their normal activities within a day. The use of compression stockings is generally prescribed for 1-2 weeks.
After an ultrasound is performed to map the course of the vein to be treated, the physician closes the diseased vein by guiding a catheter through a small incision into the vein, threading it through the blood vessel into the groin area. Electricity is delivered to a heating element in 20-second pulses, heating and contracting the collagen within the walls of the vein until they shrink and shut down. This process is called ablation. The vein is treated in segments as the catheter is gradually inched back down towards the incision. When the entire vein has been ablated, the blood flow is automatically rerouted through healthier adjacent veins, restoring healthy circulation and reducing swelling. The ablated vein becomes scar tissue and is absorbed by the body.
Some potential side effects of VNUS RF treatment include temporary bruising, swelling and numbness of the treated area, thermal skin burns, numbness that comes and goes, and an allergic reaction to anesthesia.
Contact us today to see if VNUS Closure is the right treatment for you.
AVLC put my initial fears of Sclerotherapy surgery at ease from the first time I met Dr. Heird. The surgery was quick and with almost no pain. The recovery period was much easier than expected as well.Jessica M.
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