VNUS Closure Procedure



WHAT ARE VARICOSE VEINS?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red or flesh colored. They are often raised above the skin on legs and look like twisted bulging cords. Varicose veins occur when the valves in the veins that carry blood from the legs toward the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs.



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 damage or diseased. As a result, vein valves will not close properly, leading to symptoms of:

 
  • Pain
  • Swollen limbs
  • Leg heaviness and fatigue
  • Skin changes
  • Ulcers        
                                    




EXPERIENCE THE VNUS CLOSURE PROCEDURE
The Closure procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound, your physician will position the ClosureFAST catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter powered by radiofrequency (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.  
                        

             






Following the procedure, a simple bandage i 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 extented standing and strenous activities within 1-2 days.



ARE YOU A CANDIDATE?

Many factors contribute to the presence of venous reflux disease, including:
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family history
  • Heavy lifting
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Obesity
  • Standing profession


PROCEDURAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • Relief of symptoms
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Can be performed under local anesthesia
  • Most patients resume normal activities within 1-2 days
  • Good cosmetic outcome with minimal or no scarring, bruising or swelling.