Varicose Vein Treatment
Treating Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are a result of venous reflux disease and are treated with the Venefit™ Procedure (formerly VNUS Closure™ Procedure). The procedure is offered as an in-office treatment for the relief of symptoms of varicose veins and venous reflux disease. It takes only one hour and has no downtime. Patients can resume normal activities the very next day.
How Much Does It Cost?
The Venefit™ Procedure is covered by most insurance plans and Medicare for patients diagnosed with venous reflux.
Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
Spider veins, small areas of blue fan shaped blood vessels, are a result of, and worsen from, venous reflux disease. Following the Venefit™ Procedure, spider veins can be treated with sclerotherapy by injection or by laser. This procedure is also offered in-office and is conducted in thirty minute sessions. While several visits may be required, success rates increase dramatically since the major veins have already been treated, so the smaller veins remain closed and out of sight.
Varicose Vein Symptoms
- Bulging veins
(Some cases do not exhibit the blueish, bulging veins normally associated with venous reflux–the diseased vein(s) may be located deeper within the leg.)
- Leg heaviness and fatigue
- Skin changes
- Swollen limbs
The disease is progressive – symptoms can worsen over time if left untreated.
The Venefit™ Procedure is used to treat venous reflux disease. Procedural highlights include:
- Relief of symptoms
- Outpatient procedure
- Patients resume normal activities within 1-2 days
- Excellent cosmetic outcome with minimal or no scarring, bruising or swelling
Understanding Venous Reflux Disease
Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart. Venous reflux disease develops when the valve that keeps blood flowing out of the legs back to the heart become damaged or diseased.
As a result, vein valves will not close properly, leading to the symptoms listed above.
Venefit™ Procedure Used in the Treatment of Venous Reflux Disease
Patients generally report feeling little, if any, pain during and after the procedure. They are encouraged to walk immediately following the procedure, and most patients typically resume normal activities within one day. You may be encouraged to walk, and to refrain from extended standing and strenuous activity for a period of time.
Many patients notice an immediate relief of symptoms such as pain, leg heaviness and fatigue. Additional compression may be provided to aid healing. The full benefits of the procedure may take 1–2 weeks.
Patients report minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling following the Venefit™ Procedure.
With the Venefit™ Procedure, only one small incision is made at the insertion site and the vein is then closed and left in place. This minimally invasive approach eliminates pain and bruising associated with treatments like vein stripping surgery.
As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with the procedure. You should consult your physician to receive further information.
The Venefit™ Procedure system is intended for endovascular coagulation of blood vessels in patients with superficial venous reflux. It is contraindicated in patients with thrombus in the vein segment to be treated.
Potential complications include, but are not limited to, vessel perforation, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, phlebitis, hematoma, infection, paresthesia, skin burn.
The Venefit™ Procedure treats diseased veins only, which are not appropriate for bypass surgery. Physicians can use other healthy vessels should bypass surgery be necessary in the patient’s future.
* Illustrations provided courtesy of Venefit™ Procedure by COVIDIEN.