Varicose Veins and the Venefit Procedure
- Posted on: Jun 1 2015
If you have varicose veins, you know you need treatment. Those bulging, dark-blue veins on your lower legs can make you feel embarrassed about wearing comfortable shorts during the hot summer, or attractive skirts to work or to social events. These veins also can lead to uncomfortable situations such as aching and tired legs, and swelling, burning, and itching in the area. Worse, varicose veins
Leaving your varicose veins untreated is not a viable option. When you are ready to get your varicose veins treated, you can contact local vein doctors to schedule an appointment at a clinic. One of the treatment options you may be offered is the Venefit procedure, which is effective and causes only minimal discomfort.
What are varicose veins?
If you have vein disease, you are among the 80 million Americans who have problems with their veins. Varicose veins are a type of vein disease known as chronic venous insufficiency. They develop when your blood flows backward within a vein because the valves are weakened and are not functioning properly. Instead of returning to your heart as normal, the blood pools in the veins in your lower legs and causes varicose veins. Since varicose veins are not helpful to your body, vein doctors focus on vein treatment to get rid of them.
How does the Venefit procedure work?
The Venefit procedure was formerly known as the VNUS Closure technique. It depends on radiofrequency energy to destroy the vein wall. Vascular surgeons use a catheter to deliver pulses of heat, and take advantage of ultrasound imaging to help them guide the catheter accurately into the vein. When the vein wall is destroyed, the vein no longer allows blood to pool there, and the vein disappears.
Is the Venefit procedure like vein stripping?
The Venefit procedure is like vein stripping only in its purpose: both techniques are strategies to get rid of varicose veins. However, vein stripping is an outdated procedure. It is a minor surgery done under general anesthesia, and some people do not respond well to it. Vein stripping also has a well-deserved reputation for being painful and inconvenient.
In contrast, the Venefit procedure requires less than 30 minutes per treatment, and it is done under local anesthesia. It leads to less bruising and scarring, and your daily activities are barely interrupted.
Are there other options for vein treatment?
Vein doctors offer a variety of modern options for vein treatment. Sclerotherapy destroys vein walls via an injected solution, while laser therapy is similar to the Venefit procedure because it uses laser heat to destroy the vein walls and varicose vein. Microphlebectomy is an option for mid-sized varicose veins; it removes veins through small punctures. Experienced vascular surgeons can counsel you on the best option for your situation.
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