ENDOVENOUS RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION FOR THE TREATMENT OF VARICOSE VEINS
More than 30 million people are affected by varicose veins or CVI in the Us. With only 1.9 million seeking treatment annually, leaving the vast majority undiagnosed and untreated. Without treatment, those with the disease may experience progressive symptoms, such as swollen legs, skin damage and/or ulcers that can be debilitating and significantly impact their quality of life. Fortunately, with vein ablation, that outcome is preventable. And that is why vivaMD Medical Spa proudly introduces vein ablation for the treatment of varicose veins with CLOSUREFAST™system.
The ClosureFast™ procedure for vein ablation uses radiofrequency energy to precisely and effectively treat patients suffering from Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). The ClosureFast™ catheter precisely heats a 7 cm vein segment (or 3 cm for shorter, refluxing vein lengths) in one 20-second interval to provide controlled heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and seal. Once a leg vein is closed, blood flow is redirected to healthy veins.
The ClosureFast™ procedure for vein ablation eliminates the need for groin surgery and general anesthesia, and is generally performed using local anesthesia in a vein specialist’s office or an outpatient surgical facility. The procedure takes approximately 45-60 minutes and most patients typically spend two to three hours at the medical facility due to normal pre- and post-treatment procedures.
LESS PAIN, LESS BRUISING, FASTER RECOVERY
Studies show that the ClosureFast™ procedure for vein ablation is associated with lower rates of pain, bruising and complications and a faster improvement in patients’ quality of life when compared to 980 nm laser ablation. The average patient typically resumes normal activities within a few days following treatment, and most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within 1-2 weeks after the ClosureFast™ procedure.
A prospective, international, multi-center study showed that 91.9% of treated veins were closed 5 years following treatment with the ClosureFast™ procedure in the treatment of varicose veins. The study used the Kaplan Meier analysis, a common statistic used for a variety of endpoints, including effectiveness of a treatment over defined period of time.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How is the ClousreFast™ procedure different from vein ligation and stripping?
With vein stripping, the physician makes an incision in your groin and ties off the vein, after which a tool is threaded through the leg vein in order to pull it out through a second incision just above the calf. The ClosureFast™ procedure for vein ablation is minimally invasive. In contrast to vein stripping, the vein is closed using heat delivered by a catheter inserted through a small incision below the knee. Vein stripping is usually performed in an operating room under general anesthesia, while the ClosureFast™ procedure is often performed in an outpatient setting, typically using local or regional anesthesia.
How long does the ClosureFast™ Procedure take?
The ClosureFast™ for vein ablation procedure typically takes approximately 45-60 minutes.
Does the ClosureFast™ Procedure require anesthesia?
The ClosureFast™ procedure for the treatment of varicose veins can be performed under local, regional or general anesthesia. It is generally performed using local anesthesia in a vein specialist’s office or an outpatient surgical facility.
After the ClosureFast™ Procedure, how quickly can I return to normal activities?
Many patients experience a quick return to normal activities, typically within a few days. For a few weeks following the treatment, a vein specialist may recommend a regular walking regimen and suggest you refrain from very strenuous activities (i.e., heavy lifting) or prolonged periods of standing.
How soon will my symptoms improve after the ClosureFast™ Procedure?
Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within one to two weeks following the procedure.
Can I expect any bruising or tenderness after the ClosureFast™ Procedure?
Although it is possible to experience pain, bruising or tenderness after treatment, many patients report minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling following the ClosureFast™ procedure for the treatment of varicose veins. Speak to your physician to learn more about the ClosureFast™ Procedure, its risks and outcomes.
What potential risks and complications are associated with the ClosureFast™ Procedure?
As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with the ClosureFast™ procedure for the treatment of varicose veins. vivaMD cardiologist will have a consultation with you to determine if your conditions present any special risks. They will also review with you potential complications associated with the ClosureFast™ Procedure, which can include, but are not limited to, vessel perforation, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, phlebitis, hematoma, infection, paresthesia (numbness or tingling), skin discoloration, skin burn and/or adjunct nerve injury.
Is the ClosureFast™ Procedure suitable for everyone?
The vivaMD cardiologist- Dr. Nabil Abudaya can tell you if the ClosureFast™ procedure is the right option for your vein problem. Many patients with varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency can be treated with the ClosureFast™ procedure.
Is age an important consideration for the ClosureFast™ Procedure?
The most important step in determining whether the ClosureFast™ procedure is appropriate for you is a complete ultrasound examination by a vein specialist. Age alone is not a factor in determining if the ClosureFast™ procedure is right for you. The ClosureFast™ procedure has been used to treat both women and men across a wide range of ages. Talk to our vein specialist to determine if the ClosureFast™ procedure is right for you.
What happens to the treated vein left behind in the leg? Don’t I need it?
After treatment, the affected vein becomes fibrous tissue. Over time, the vein will be absorbed into surrounding tissue and blood will reroute to other veins.
Is the ClosureFast™ Procedure covered by insurance?
Many insurance companies pay for the ClosureFast™ procedure in part or in full. The ClosureFast™ procedure fro the treatment of varicose vein and chronic venous insufficiency has coverage policies with major health insurers. Prior to seeking treatment, consult your insurance provider to confirm coverage.
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