VNUS ClosureFast™ is the gold standard of vein treatment for varicose veins and Chronic Venous Insufficiency. VNUS ClosureFast™ is a relatively new form procedure that effectively treats varicose veins. In the early days of vein treatment, surgeons would strip veins in highly invasive and uncomfortable procedures. Today, the Modesto vein doctors at Valley Vein Health Center perform VNUS ClosureFAST™ to help patients like you overcome the pain and embarrassment of varicose veins.
Stanford University estimates as many as 40 million people have bulging, blue varicose veins, which are enlarge, ropelike veins in the legs. Risk factors such as obesity, family history, sedentary lifestyle, gender, pregnancy and age increase the risk for varicose veins. Varicose veins are unsightly and often painful. Fortunately, treatments like VNUS ClosureFast™ can reduce the discomfort and appearance of varicose veins.
The basic principle of VNUS Closure is to deliver the energy of radiofrequency waves through electrodes. Your doctor inserts a thin tube with electrodes into the vein. As he withdraws the wire, a heating probe at the end of the electrode delivers bursts of energy that cause the walls of the varicose veins to heat up and eventually collapse. Your body reroutes blood flow through nearby veins. In time, the collapsed varicose vein shrivels up and disappears.
VNUS ClosureFAST™, now known as Venefit™, is a state-of-the-art medical treatment that uses an electrode with a large 7 cm heating area. This means the doctor can close 2.7 inches of varicose vein at a time. According to the makers of VNUS ClosureFast™, Covidien, a doctor can treat an average 45 cm vein in three to five minutes; he can also use the technique to treat shorter varicose veins. Imagine freeing yourself from a 17-inch varicose vein in less time than it takes to brew a cup of coffee!
VNUS ClosureFAST™ assures a rapid and uniform heating of the vein to provide a consistent and effective treatment. Your doctor will use ultrasound technology to ensure proper placement of the catheter for exacting results. Ultrasound also helps your physician precisely deliver anesthesia to reduce discomfort, protect surrounding tissue, and improve contact between the vein and the catheter.
Another approach to varicose vein treatment is Endovenous Laser Ablation, or EVLA, which uses laser energy instead of radiofrequency waves to create heat. A recent clinical trial compared VNUS ClosureFAST™ and EVLA and concluded that study participants experienced less discomfort with VNUS ClosureFAST™ than with EVLA. Both treatments produced the same clinical results and improved the patients’ quality of life in equal amounts.