MAY BE A SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUE AND NOT JUST A COSMETIC ONE!
VARICOSE VEIN SYMPTOMS
VARICOSE VEIN RISK FACTORS
Aging: As you age, veins grow weaker and become more at risk.
Gender: Women are more likely to develop vein disease; however it is not uncommon for a man.
Heredity: Genetics is the number one contributing factor for developing vein disease.
Lifestyle: Sitting or standing for long periods of time strain veins.
Obesity: Being overweight can put excessive pressure on your veins.
Pregnancy: Pregnancy increases your risk for developing varicose veins.
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Frequently Asked Questions
To do this, a vein specialist inserts a catheter into the diseased vein through a tiny incision below the knee. Guided by ultrasound imaging, Dr. Rekhala will treat the vein in 7 cm segments for 20 seconds each. The catheter delivers consistent and uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and close. After the vein is sealed shut, blood is then naturally redirected to healthy veins. The treated vein then becomes fibrous tissue and will gradually be absorbed into surrounding tissue.
The ClosureFast™ procedure has been shown in a large multicenter study to be 94.9% reflux-free at 5 years. Treating with the ClosureFast™ catheter resulted in high closure rates with improvements in CEAP Class grading and VCSS out to 5 years post treatment. The ClosureFast™ procedure has been shown in a large multicenter study to be 94.9% reflux-free at 5 years. The RECOVERY Study showed that patients experience less bruising and pain, and fewer complications with the ClosureFast™ procedure, using the Medtronic ClosureFast™ endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) catheter in comparison to 980 nm laser ablation.
The ClosureFast™ procedure is performed as a medical necessity as diagnosed by a trained vein specialist, such as Dr. Rekhala. It is not designed to address spider veins or cosmetic issues. As with any medical procedure, you should consult a vein specialist and review all safety information associated with the procedure.
The ClosureFast™ procedure is minimally invasive. In contrast to vein stripping, the vein remains in place and is closed using a special catheter inserted through a small incision below the knee.
Vein stripping is usually performed in an operating room under a general anesthetic, while the ClosureFast™ procedure is often performed in an outpatient setting, typically using local or regional anesthesia.
Laser ablation uses laser heat to collapse and seal the affected vein. The laser targets blood in the vein, causing it to heat. This heat creates a steam bubble inside the vein, causing damage to the vein so that it collapses. Unlike the ClosureFast™ procedure, laser temperatures can reach over 1200⁰C, which can lead to increased bruising and post-procedural pain for the patient. Animal studies have shown that laser can potentially lead to perforation and destruction of the vein walls, causing significantly more bruising and post-procedure pain for patients.
The RECOVERY Study compared the experience of patients treated with the ClosureFast™ procedure and those treated with 980 nm laser ablation. The findings clearly demonstrated that the ClosureFast™ procedure resulted in less pain, less bruising, and fewer complications.
In the RECOVERY Study, the author concluded, “RF thermal ablation (ClosureFast™ procedure) was significantly superior to laser ablation as measured by a comprehensive array of post-procedural recovery and quality of life parameters in a randomized prospective comparison between these two thermal ablation modalities for closure of the Great Saphenous Vein.”
Patients report minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling following the ClosureFast™ procedure.