What is VNUS Closure Procedure?
VNUS Closure is a minimally invasive procedure used to reduce the appearance of varicose veins. A Closure Catheter is inserted into a diseased vein through a small opening with the assistance of an ultrasound. Once the catheter is in place, it uses radio-frequency energy to heat the inner wall of the vein. Heating the vein wall causes the vein to collapse. The catheter is then removed and the vein is sealed closed, making it impossible for blood to accumulate. Blood in the vein will now be rerouted to healthy veins in the area.
VNUS Closure procedure is often used as an alternative to vein stripping, which removes the diseased vein from the body. VNUS Closure surgery is less invasive than vein stripping, requiring only one small incision to insert the catheter, and is generally believed to be less painful. Although the diseased vein remains in the body after VNUS Closure, a collapsed vein that is no longer swollen or twisted can no longer be seen or cause pain.
The VNUS Closure procedure surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. It can be done using local or general anesthesia.
Results to Expect From VNUS Closure Surgery
Although it may take 1-2 weeks to experience the full benefits of the VNUS Closure, most patients notice an immediate improvement in symptoms, including a dramatic reduction in the visible appearance of varicose veins. Procedures that take advantage of the latest advancements, including using the The ClosureFAST catheter, have been shown to have a 97.4% efficacy rate.
Most patients experience little to no scarring, bruising or swelling from the treatment and are able to resume normal activities within 1-2 days.
VNUS Closure procedure and other vein treatments may be covered by your insurance, depending on your symptoms and individual coverage. VNUS Closure surgery is just one type of treatment available for varicose veins. Talk to your doctor to determine which treatment options are best for you.