You may have noticed that there are many “new” clinics treating varicose veins.
Most of them are “one trick ponies”. By that I mean they have purchased a laser or other treatment device and know how to use it. The problem is, if your doctor only has one tool to treat varicose veins, they will “fit” you into that treatment. The treatment of varicose veins is really the treatment of incompetent or refluxing veins. These incompetent/refluxing veins result in elevated pressure in the veins. This pressure causes the veins to stretch out into what we see as varicose veins.
So lets look at the comprehensive treatment program available at 3rd Opinion.
Six way to lower the pressure, four ways to strengthen your veins, and five ways to close the vein, if needed.
When you present at 3rd Opinion for a varicose vein consult, we will do a complete evaluation, starting with a medical history and physical, to include an ultrasound of your problem areas. We will help you understand all of the choices and issues from the list above and create a comprehensive plan for the treatment of your varicose veins. Our goal will be creating the best and least invasive therapy program.
Let’s take a look at just one of the therapies we use that has all but eliminated the need for the old (and somewhat barbaric) stripping surgery. Instead of a surgery, the whole procedure is accomplished through a needle.
The VNUS Closure procedure is a minimally invasive treatment alternative with less pain and less bruising when compared to traditional vein stripping surgery and laser treatment. Using the Closure system, physicians close the diseased veins by inserting the Closure catheter into a vein and heating the vein wall using temperature-controlled RF energy. Heating the vein wall causes collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. After the vein is sealed shut, blood then naturally reroutes to healthy veins.
Venous reflux or venous insufficiency develops when the valves that usually keep blood flowing out of your legs become damaged or diseased.
This figure shows the VNUS catheter in the vein at left, the catheter being energized in the center and the vein shrinking on the right.
The VNUS Closure procedure provides the following benefits for patients and physicians:
Minimally Invasive Outpatient Procedure. Closure catheters are inserted into the vein via a tiny incision in the lower leg, eliminating the need for groin surgery and general anesthesia. The Closure procedure can be performed using local anesthesia in a physician’s office, as well as in an outpatient hospital setting or surgicenter.
Clinically Proven Less Post-Operative Pain. The Closure procedure does not involve pulling the diseased vein from the thigh as with vein stripping surgery, or using 700° C laser energy which boils blood to occlude a vein as with endovenous laser (EVL). In the RECOVERY Trial, a multi-center head-to-head comparative randomized trial comparing the Closure procedure with EVL, the Closure procedure was found to have less patient pain and less patient bruising than EVL for the best patient recovery experience available from a minimally invasive vein treatment. Additionally, other randomized comparative studies have shown that patients receiving the Closure procedure return to normal activity and work significantly faster than those receiving vein stripping.
Excellent Clinical Outcomes. The ClosureFAST catheter, which represents the latest advancement in the Closure procedure, has been shown in a multi-center study to have a 97.4 efficacy rate at one-year. This shows that the treatment is highly effective and, as proven in the RECOVERY trial, is gentle on the patient.
Cosmetically Appealing. Because treatment with Closure is minimally invasive and is catheter-based, it results in little to no scarring. As with any medical procedure, you are encouraged to review all safety information associated with the procedure by consulting your physician.