FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I treat my varicose veins?

How does Venous Ablation work?

The Venefit procedure, delivers radiofrequency energy that damages the vein walls. This causes the vein to  shrink and close so that the blood cannot flow through it.

The VenaSeal procedures causes the vein to close by administering an adhesive inside the vein. This causes the vein to close so that blood can no longer flow through it.

Both procedure eliminate vein bulging at its source but do not cause elimination of the surface veins.

Is loss of this vein a problem?

No. After treatment, the blood in the faulty veins will be diverted to the many normal veins in the leg.

What are the complications of this procedure?

The only minimal complications experienced with Venous Ablation have been a small number of cases of numbness that passes quickly.

How successful is Venous Ablation?

97% of first-time Venous Ablation treatments are successful!

What Causes Varicose Veins Disease?

Many people think varicose veins are caused by pressure from standing on their legs too long during work or exercise or that they just develop during old age. Actually they are caused by a disease in the major leg vein at the top of the leg called the greater saphenous vein, and can affect people as young as 20. Heredity is the most important factor, followed by gender and age. Women have a higher incidence of varicose vein disease; up to 25% of all women and 18% of all men will suffer from vein reflux disease to some degree. Women are more susceptible in part to the female hormones affecting the vein walls, especially during pregnancy when there is also a temporary increase in blood pressure and volume in the veins. Age is a factor because vein walls loose elasticity, causing the valve system in veins to work less effectively.

The greater saphenous vein is the major vessel in the superficial venous system, running from the groin to the ankle. This vein branches into many tributaries and connects to the “Deep Vein System” at a number of points through vessels known as perforator veins. The most common medical origin of varicose veins is known as “reflux of the greater saphenous vein.” Within all veins there are a series of one-way valves that assure blood flow in the direction of the heart. “Reflux” relates to a failure of these one-way valves that causes blood to flow backwards, pool and stretch the walls of veins in the lower leg causing the unsightly blue, bulging and painful veins known as varicose veins. Although varicose veins often occur in the lower thigh, around the knee and in the calf, the cause of the problem is often related to a disease process or failure occurring higher up in the leg.

There are other factors that are associated with varicose veins that can speed up the development of this disease and make them worse but do not cause it, including obesity, prolonged standing, and physical trauma. Patients can change their lifestyles to address these secondary factors and may be able to slow down the development of vein reflux disease. Unfortunately, in most cases if you are going to develop the problem, there is little which can be done to avoid it.

How Can They be Treated?

In the past people suffering from varicose veins had only one option for treatment, a painful procedure still performed today which involves surgical tying and stripping of the diseased veins. This surgery entails undergoing general anesthesia, making an incision in the groin, and tying off and cutting the diseased vein; the affected vein is then stripped out of the leg through an incision at the knee. Problem cured, but with side effects including tissue trauma, scarring or possible nerve damage not to mention the inherent risks of general anesthesia and post surgical infection. The recovery for this surgery is painful, and long, requiring prescription painkillers, and taking up to one week of bed rest and one week of restricted movement to heal.

With recent advances in technology to treat vein disease there is now a better choice for varicose vein sufferers called Venous Ablation. An innovative non-surgical procedure, Venous Ablation uses laser technology to seal the problem vein safely and effectively, thus eliminating the problem at its source.

Venous Ablation Delivers Results, Comfort & Convenience, Freedom

How is this possible? Unlike surgical stripping, Venous Ablation permanently closes off the vein without removing it. The physician uses a diode laser delivered by a pencil tip-size fiber-optic probe through a freckle-sized nick in the skin. The probe is guided into place using ultrasound. The procedure is performed under a local anesthetic that is similar to what dentists use to numb an area being treated.

The whole process takes about 45 minutes. The patient is able to walk out of the office with no post-operative scarring and recover over a matter of hours or days using over-the-counter pain relievers to minimize minor discomfort.

As defined by a lack of blood flow in the treated vein, Venous Ablation has been shown to have a success rate of 98 percent at one month follow-up, and 93.4 percent of treated greater saphenous veins remaining closed at two-year follow-up. These results are comparable or superior to those reported for other options for treatment of greater saphenous veins, including surgical ligation and stripping and alternative, minimally-invasive procedures such as injection sclerotherapy and radio frequency electrosurgery. (VNUS-Closuretm).Not all patients suffering from venous diseases will be suitable candidates for Venous Ablation treatment and should check with their doctors.