What is VNUS Closure?
VNUS Closure is a varicose vein treatment. Also known as VNUS ClosureFast or RF Closure, VNUS Closure is a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedure that effectively reduces the appearance of existing varicose veins. The procedure is relatively pain-free and is performed in outpatient clinics.
About the VNUS Closure Procedure
Before performing the VNUS Closure procedure, your vein doctor will use ultrasound to create a map of the leg veins to be treated. This may helps guide treatment for the best results possible.
To perform VNUS Closure, your vein surgeon inserts a thin flexible tube, known as a catheter, into the varicose vein. Your doctor then directs pulses of radiofrequency (RF) energy through the catheter into the walls of the varicose vein. The energy irritates the tissue lining the inside of the diseased vein, and this irritation causes the vein to close and seal shut. Your body routes blood through other veins. The treated vein breaks apart and, in time, nearby tissue absorbs the remnants of the vein.
Your vein doctor will dress the treated vein with a compression bandage to prevent bleeding. You will need to wear compression hose for several weeks following VNUS Closure. Your venous surgeon will give you specific instructions for care.
The procedure takes less than an hour, depending on the number of veins treated. It is an outpatient procedure – no hospital stay required and you can go home almost immediately after the procedure. VNUS Closure requires very little recovery time so you can probably resume most of your normal activities right away. Your vein surgeon may recommend that you walk, which speeds healing, but avoid strenuous activity for several days after the procedure.
Benefits of VNUS Closure
As with any procedure, there are benefits and drawbacks associated with VNUS Closure. Benefits include little or no discomfort and minimal bruising. There is very little to no scarring. VNUS Closure is an excellent treatment for varicose veins and a good alternative to invasive vein stripping techniques.
Potential complications include perforation of a blood vessel, a blood clot, infection and tingling from an adjacent nerve affected by the treatment. Discuss your risk of complications with your vein doctor.
VNUS Closure is not right for everyone. The procedure may be right for you if your varicose veins cause you discomfort or embarrassment, and you are in otherwise good health. VNUS Closure may not be right for you if you have a history of specific health problems. You may need to stop taking certain medications for a few days before the procedure. Only a vein doctor can determine if you are healthy enough for VNUS Closure.
For more information about VNUS Closure, talk with your local vein doctor. A vein surgeon can evaluate your varicose veins and help you decide if VNUS Closure is right for you.