Varicose veins aren’t just unsightly – they can also cause pain, itching and other problems, plus they interfere with normal, healthy circulation in the legs and other areas where they occur. While varicose vein treatment for most larger leg veins used to mean invasive vein stripping procedures, today there’s a less invasive approach called VNUS® (or VNUS Closure®) that yields great results with less discomfort, less downtime and smaller incisions.
VNUS Closure® uses radiofrequency ablation applied directly to the interior walls of the damaged blood vessel through a tiny incision, irritating the vein and causing it to collapse and seal off so the flow of blood is prevented. Once the damaged vessel is closed, blood is “automatically” rerouted by the body to nearby healthy veins.
VNUS Closure® Treatment: What to Expect
The VNUS Closure® procedure can be performed right in the office using local anesthesia to numb the skin. Prior to the procedure, ultrasound imaging will be used to map the diseased vein, identifying the best placement for the incisions used during treatment. Once the incision is made, the doctor will insert a very thin tube called a catheter into the vein, guiding it through the treatment area while the VNUS® device emits very small bursts of radiofrequency energy. As the energy reaches the vessel walls, it heats the collagen located in the walls of the vein, causing the collagen to shrink and contract, drawing the walls of the vessel inward until it closes off. Once the entire treatment area has been treated, the catheter is carefully withdrawn and the incision is sealed with a special surgical adhesive. Over the next few weeks, the diseased, sealed vein will be absorbed and removed by the body’s natural waste disposal system.
What happens after VNUS® treatment?
One of the benefits of the VNUS approach is that there’s virtually no downtime. Immediately after treatment, patients can (and should) walk to promote better healing, and regular routines typically can be resumed the day after treatment. Compression stockings usually are prescribed for one or two weeks to aid in healing. It’s not uncommon to experience some minor bruising, swelling or numbness in the treatment area, but these effects are temporary and resolve as healing progresses.
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Without prompt treatment, varicose veins can become worse, causing considerable pain and other circulatory problems. Fortunately, there are plenty of innovative, minimally-invasive treatment options for all sorts of varicose and spider veins so patients can enjoy better circulation and improved overall health without resorting to major surgery.
Columbus Vein Center is a top-ranked provider of varicose vein care for patients in and around Columbus, OH, and a trusted and experienced provider of state-of-the-art techniques like the VNUS Closure® treatment approach. To find out more about VNUS Closure® or to learn about other potential treatment options that can help you improve your circulatory health, call the Columbus Vein Center at 614-515-2440 and schedule an evaluation today.