VNUS Closure: Help for Varicose Veins Sufferers

Over the age of 50, varicose veins affect 1 out of every 2 people. For the American population as a whole, 10% to 20% are afflicted with varicose veins. Women are more likely to be plagued by varicose veins than men. Fortunately, varicose vein sufferers can now show off their legs with the help of a minimally invasive procedure, called VNUS Closure Fast, that is available in Carterville, GA and other hospitals and medical centers across the United States.

An outpatient procedure performed in a specialty vein centers, radiology clinic or hospital, the VNUS Closure Fast procedure is done without an incision, using only a small amount of local anesthetic. Using ultrasound guidance, a thin wire is inserted into the affected vein. A radiofrequency probe is guided along the wire — once the probe comes in contact with the vein wall, heat is created, resulting in ablation of the swollen vein.

Prior to the procedure, you will be asked to stop taking aspirin for one week and be clear of any skin infections for one to two weeks. Your doctor may also want you to temporarily stop taking blood thinning medications.

The VNUS Closure Fast procedure is a quick treatment process, taking only a few minutes. Its benefits compared to standard VNUS Closure include a faster recovery time, less pain and minimal bruising. Most patients are able to resume normal daily activities within 24 hours. Improvement in leg symptoms occur after about a week, while improvements in cosmetic appearance will be evident in a few months.

Complications with VNUS Closure are very rare. The potential rare complications include skin burn, infection, phlebitis, hematoma, numbness and tingling, vessel perforation, thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

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