If you experience discomfort or swelling in your legs with varicose veins, you may have superficial venous reflux disease, a condition common to approximately 25 million Americans. LewisGale Regional Health System offers a minimally invasive treatment option—the VNUS Closure Procedure™. Talk with your doctor to decide if this procedure is right for you.
Signs and Symptoms of Varicose Veins
In many cases, varicose and spider veins cause no symptoms. But these veins are often unattractive and may become painful over time. Legs with varicose veins may feel worse with prolonged sitting or standing. Common symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Aching pain
- Easily tired legs
- Leg heaviness
- Rash on the legs
- Leg swelling
- Numbness in the legs
- Darkening of the skin
- Skin ulcers
VNUS Closure Procedure
The VNUS Closure Procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound, your physician positions a catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter, powered by radiofrequency energy, delivers heat to the vein wall and seals the vein closed. With the diseased vein closed, blood is rerouted to other healthy vessels.
Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the catheter insertion site. Additional compression may be provided to aid healing. Your doctor may encourage you to walk and refrain from extended standing and strenuous activities for a period of time. Patients who undergo the Closure Procedure typically resume normal activities within one day.
Information courtesy of VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc.