Venous reflux disease affects about 25 million men and women in the U.S., causing problems like varicose veins, pain and swelling, fatigue and skin ulcers. Many people who suffer from chronic venous disease find their quality of life is significantly diminished due to the symptoms caused by veins that just don’t function the way they’re supposed to. Seeing a vascular surgeon with extensive experience in treating venous reflux disease is the first step in learning about the safe and effective treatments that can relieve painful symptoms while also improving overall circulation.
Venefit® Leads the Way in Venous Reflux Treatment
Today, there are several options for treating venous reflux, including minimally-invasive procedures like Venefit® (formerly called VNUS® Closure). In this procedure, radiofrequency (RF) energy is applied to the interior of the vein, irritating and scarring the vein wall so it closes over time and prevents blood from flowing through. Instead, blood flow is redirected to healthy neighboring veins.
Prior to treatment, the diseased vein is carefully evaluated and mapped to ensure treatment is accurate and effective. The treatment area will be numbed to reduce any risk of discomfort, and a very small incision or puncture will be made near the vein to enable the RF device to be gently inserted. Once the device is inside your vein, it will be carefully advanced to the damaged area where it will emit tiny bursts of RF energy. The precise focusing ability of the RF device ensures only the target area is treated so surrounding tissues remain unaffected. After the area is treated, the device will be removed and a small bandage will be placed over the puncture site.
Benefits of Venefit®
Venefit® offers patients significant benefits over other types of vein surgery. First, because it’s minimally-invasive, Venefit® can be performed on an outpatient basis with very little interruption to your schedule. In most cases, you can go back to your regular activities within a day or two. The small puncture means you don’t have to worry about large scars associated with traditional vein stripping procedures, and no long incisions also means a substantially lower risk of complications due to infection or poor healing. And finally, studies have shown the Venefit® procedure provides long-lasting relief, with more than 90 percent of patients reporting continued relief even after a year or two of having been treated.
Is Venefit® right for me?
Venefit® can be used for many types of varicose veins, but the only way to know for sure if it’s a good choice for your needs is to schedule an appointment with a vein doctor so you can be evaluated. At Tri-City Cardiology, our vascular surgery team is skilled in performing an array of state-of-the-art vein treatments, including the Venefit® procedure. Call (480) 835-6100 today and make an appointment to speak with a vascular surgeon to learn about the techniques that can help you improve your vascular health so you can enjoy a better quality of life.