Varicose veins affect more than 20 million Americans. While some people may not experience any discomfort, many do suffer from painful varicose veins. Traditionally, these patients would undergo vein stripping surgery. Dr. Zakhary uses radiofrequency ablation technology called VNUS Closure® rather than vein stripping to treat painful varicose veins. Here are 6 fast facts about the procedure and how it has revolutionized the treatment of varicose veins.
- VNUS Closure® is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure.Using local or regional anesthesia, a thin, disposable catheter is inserted into the troublesome vein through a small incision, delivering radiofrequency (RF) energy to the vein wall. The heat collapses the vein and make it collapse and closes down the vein as the catheter is withdrawn.
- It has similar results but is much less invasive than vein stripping.Vein stripping is a surgery typically done under full anesthesia in an operating room. The surgeon makes an incision in the groin and then the vein is “stripped” or pulled out from under the skin through a second incision just above the calf. Recovery usually takes 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the extent of surgery.
- There is very little downtime.Patients who have the VNUS Closure® procedure have less postoperative pain, less bruising and swelling, and fewer overall adverse effects. Many people can return to normal activities within 1-2 days. You’ll want to refrain from strenuous activities such as heavy lifting for a while, however.
- The procedure can be done in less than an hour.While patients will spend up to three hours for pre- through post-procedure treatment, the actual procedure only takes about 45-60 minutes.
- Symptoms improve within 1-2 weeks after the procedure.The treated diseased vein gradually incorporates into the surrounding tissue. It becomes fibrous tissue after treatment.
- Many insurance companies will pay for the procedure in part or in full.You can discuss your insurance coverage with your care team during your consultation.
If you are seeking relief from painful varicose veins, contact our office today at (623) 258-3255. A comprehensive consultation with Dr. Zakhary will determine if VNUS Closure® is a viable option for you.