Symptoms VNUS Closure Fast Normally Treats: Varicose Veins
About VNUS Closure
More than half a million individuals in the United States have successfully treated their veins with the VNUS Closure. FDA approved since 1999, VNUS Closure is an alternative for those patients who, until recent years, would have been treated with vein stripping. Requiring no incisions, the VNUS procedure actually seals the diseased vein shut by use of a catheter which delivers heat into the vein wall.
How is the treatment procedure performed?
The VNUS Closure procedure begins with our vein specialist's initial assessment of the varicose veins, usually through use of ultrasound imaging, followed by the insertion of a catheter followed by injection of anesthetic around the vein. This fluid numbs the leg area and helps to protect the tissues around the vein. Next, our specialist uses the catheter to heat the vein wall utilizing RF (radio frequency) energy. As it becomes heated, the vein shrinks and later closes altogether.
It generally takes about 45 minutes to complete the VNUS procedure, and patients are usually required to walk immediately afterward. Walking stimulates reduced vein pressure thereby minimizing any risk of complications.
Any possible side effects from VNUS Closure?
Possible side effects of the VNUS procedure may include swelling, numbness, and some bruising, but these are usually temporary. Patients usually wear prescription compression stockings for 1-2 weeks after the procedure to aid in recovery. Over all, the recovery is quick, with patients generally resuming their normal activities within a day or two.