Varicose veins are abnormally large veins that happen when the valves in the veins begin to malfunction, causing the blood in the veins to flow in reverse, resulting in the blood pooling. This increases the pressure in the veins, compromising the health of the skin.
A person with varicose veins can experience a number of symptoms, including:
Vein Closure, also known as Endovenous is a catheter-based vein procedure used to address symptomatic vein disease, such as varicose veins, by eliminating the major diseased vein or veins that are the root of the problem. Previously this was done via major surgery, such as high ligation and stripping. Today these veins can be treated using a minimally-invasive outpatient vein procedure with the same outcome.
Vein Closure is done by a highly trained specialist who will apply a local anesthetic to the vein. A small incision is made, and a thin catheter is inserted into the vein using ultrasound guidance.
A laser, or radiofrequency energy, is applied to the inside of the vein, causing it to close, thus eliminating the diseased vein. Once the vein is closed, other healthy veins take over to re-establish normal blood flow.
After the procedure has been completed, no stitches are required, and the skin is bandaged. The entire vein procedure typically takes no more than an hour, and the patient is ready to head home to return to normal activity within a day.
This particular treatment option is chosen based on the patient’s anatomy. All patients are evaluated, utilizing the most advanced ultrasound guidance with state-of-the-art imaging.
Before your vein treatments, your doctor will likely go over what you should do before. Typically, patients are asked not to take aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or blood thinners before having the treatments done.
You will also want to make your doctor aware of any allergies you have to medications or local/general anesthesia.
On the day of your vein treatments, we recommend that you dress comfortably in loose clothing and leave any jewelry at home. You should also arrange to have someone drive you home once your vein procedure is complete.
The outcome of Vein Closure is similar to traditional varicose vein surgeries, but there are many advantages of choosing this vein procedure instead. Here is a list of benefits:
If you live with varicose veins, talk to your vein specialist about what you can do to rid yourself of them. Vein closure is a minimally invasive procedure that can get rid of your varicose veins and relieve you of your varicose vein symptoms.