Varicose Vein Treatment
What is the ClosureFast catheter procedure?
The ClosureFast™ procedure is a minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to effectively treat patients with varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). … The catheter delivers consistent and uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and close
Is ClosureFast procedure painful?
Most patients report feeling little, if any, pain during the ClosureFast procedure. Your doctor should give you a local or regional anesthetic to numb the treatment area.
How quickly can I resume normal activity?
Patients treated with the ClosureFast procedure may resume normal activities more quickly than patients who undergo surgical vein stripping or laser ablation. With the ClosureFast procedure, the average patient typically resumes normal activities within a few days. For a few weeks following the treatment, your vein specialist may recommend a regular walking regimen and suggest you refrain from very strenuous activies (heavy lifting, for example) or prolonged periods of standing.
How soon after treatment will my symptoms improve?
Most patients report relief of symptoms after two days with a noticeable improvement in one to two weeks.
Is there any scarring, bruising, or swelling after the procedure?
Most patients report limited to no scarring, bruising, or swelling following the ClosureFast procedure using the ClosureFast Catherter.
How is the ClosureFast procedure different from endovenous laser?
Although the ClosureFast procedure and 980 nm endovenous laser ablation are both minimally invasive procedures, a comparative, multi-center study showed that the ClosureFast procedure also reported improvements in quality of life measure up to four times faster than patients treated with 980 nm endovenous laser ablation.
How is the ClosureFast procedure different from vein stripping?
During vein stripping, incisions are made in the groin and calf, and a tool is threaded through the diseased vein to pull the vein out of the leg. With the ClosureFast procedure, only one small incision is made at the insertion site and the vein is then treated and left in place. This minimally invasive approach reduces the likelihood of pain and bruising associated with vein stripping surgery.
Is the ClosureFast procedure covered by insurance?
Many insurance companies pay for the ClosureFast Procedure in part or in full. The ClosureFast Procedure has coverage policies with major health insurers. Please discuss your coverage with your insurance provider prior to seeking treatment.
Tiny needles are used to inject a solution directly into the vein. This solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades over time.
A small incision is made to access the vein. A cathetar delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse and seal shut. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood circulation is diverted to other healthy veins.
Microphlebectomy is sometimes recommended to treat unsightly or painful leg veins close to the skin’s surface. With microphlebectomy, varicose veins are removed through small punctures, which leave virtually no scars.