The VNUS Closure procedure is performed in the office by the surgeon. A small catheter is placed through a small puncture in the leg. Under ultrasound guidance the catheter is positioned into the diseased vein. Local anesthetic is then applied around the vein and the catheter activated. The catheter applies radio frequency energy to shrink the collagen in the diseased vein causing it to close. The catheter is withdrawn a few inches at 20 second intervals until it is completely removed from the leg.
The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes in most cases.
Once completed, blood will not back up into this vein or its branches but is now rerouted to deeper healthier leg veins. A wrap dressing is applied and you will walk out of the procedure. A feeling of "lightness" in the treated leg the next day with less pain and heaviness is the most common comment. The surgeon will recheck the treated leg in 2 days in the office with ultrasound to make sure it stays closed and that blood clots, which are extremely rare, have not formed.
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