Vascular Surgery – VNUS Vein Closure
Varicose veins are often mistakenly thought to be only a cosmetic condition when, in fact, it can be the symptoms of underlying Venous Reflux Disease. Venous disease is progressive and if left untreated, can only worsen over time. At NRMC, we are pleased to offer the VNUS Closure procedure, in addition to other treatment modalities for comprehensive management of vein disease. 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 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.
Most patients who undergo the Closure procedure typically resume normal activities within 1-2 days.
For more information on this procedure please contact the NRMC Professional Practice Clinic at (417) 448-3644.