The VENEFIT™ Closure Procedure, is one of the new endovenous catheter based techniques and is an alternative treatment option to traditional vein stripping surgery. This procedure uses ‘thermal energy’ to shrink the vein wall of the affected vein and to seal it closed. Once the vein is closed the blood supply naturally re-routes through other healthy veins. As the procedure is minimally invasive, it eliminates the need for groin surgery and general anesthesia, resulting in a faster and more comfortable recovery with little to no scarring.
It enables a return to everyday activities, while also improving the appearance of varicose veins.
The VENEFIT™ Closure Procedure generally takes approximately 45-60 minutes, although patients may normally spend 2-3 hours at the hospital due to normal pre- and post-treatment procedures.
Using an ultrasound for guidance, your doctor places a catheter into the diseased vein through a small incision in the skin. The catheter is powered by radio-frequency energy which delivers heat into the vein wall. The heat shrinks and collapses the vein. The catheter is withdrawn, closing the vein.
Once completed, a bandage and if necessary, compression, is placed over the incision site.
Following the procedure:
- You will be encouraged to walk as soon as possible.
- You are advised to refrain from standing for long periods or taking part in strenuous activity for a recommended periof time.Typically patients resume normal activities within a day.
- Patients report little or no pain associated with the procedure.