A Solution for Varicose Veins.
Do you experience discomfort, swelling & varicose veins?
If so, you may be suffering from superficial venous reflux disease.
Approximately 25 million people in the United States suffer from this condition. Traditionally, patients diagnosed with venous reflux would undergo vein stripping surgery. Now, patients can be treated with the VNUS® Closure® procedure — a minimally invasive and more comfortable alternative to painful vein stripping surgery.
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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 valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased. As a result, vein valves will not close properly, leading to symptoms of:
• Varicose veins
• Swollen limbs
• Leg heaviness and fatigue
• Skin changes and skin ulcers
Superficial venous reflux disease is progressive — symptoms can worsen over time if left untreated.
|Healthy Vein Valves &
Incorrect Blood Flow
Damaged Vein Valve
& Correct Blood Flow
Are You a Candidate?
Many factors contribute to the presence of venous reflux disease, including:
• Family history
• Multiple pregnancies
• Standing profession
Using ultrasound to scan your leg(s), your physician will determine if superficial venous reflux is present. Speak with your physician about determining your candidacy for the Closure procedure.
Experience the VNUS Closure® Procedure
The Closure procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound, your physician will position the Closure catheter into the diseased vein through a small
opening in the skin. The tiny catheter powered by radio-frequency(RF) energy delivers heat to the vein wall. As the thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall shrinks
and the vein is sealed closed. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins.
|Disposable catheter inserted into vein
||Vein warmed and collapses
||Catheter withdrawn, closing vein|
Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the insertion site, and additional compression may be provided to aid healing. Your doctor may encourage you
to walk, and to refrain from extended standing and strenuous activities for a period of time. Patients who undergo the Closure procedure typically resume normal activities within a day.
Closure procedural highlights include:
• Relief of symptoms
• Outpatient procedure
• Resume normal activities within 1-2 days
• Good cosmetic outcome with minimal or no scarring, bruising or swelling
||One week post-treatment*|
*Individual results may vary.
The Closure procedure results in good cosmetic outcome with minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling.1 Before and after images courtesy of Michael Vasquez, MD.
As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with the Closure procedure. You should consult your physician to receive further information. The Closure 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is the Closure procedure painful?
A: Patients report feeling little, if any, pain during and after the procedure.
Q: How quickly can I resume normal activity?
A: Patients are walking immediately following the procedure, and patients typically resume normal activities within one day.
Q: How soon will my symptoms improve?
A: Many patients notice an immediate relief of symptoms such as pain, leg heaviness and fatigue. The full benefits of the procedure may take 1-2 weeks.
Q: Is there any scarring, bruising, or swelling after the procedure?
A: Patients report minimal to no scarring, bruising, or swelling following the Closure procedure.
Q: How is the Closure procedure different from vein stripping?
A: During vein stripping, incisions are made in the groin and calf, and a stripper tool is threaded through the diseased vein, to pull the vein out of the leg. With the
Closure 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 vein stripping surgery.
Q: What if I need the vein for bypass surgery in the future?
A: The Closure procedure treats diseased veins only, which are not appropriate for bypass surgery. Physicians can use other healthy vessels should bypass surgery be
Q: Is the Closure procedure covered by insurance?
A: Most major health insurers cover the Closure procedure. Your physician can discuss your coverage further at the time of the consultation.