CLOSURE FAST™ PROCEDURE
Radiofrequency (RF) Endovenous ablation (Venefit) is a minimally invasive treatment procedure for treating varicose veins, using radiofrequency to heat and seal diseased veins and address the underlying cause of severe varicose veins. The Venefit™ Procedure catheter for the treatment of varicose veins delivers radiofrequ6352ency energy to a heating element to heat and contract the collagen within the vein walls and cause the shrinkage and collapse of the vein.
The procedure involves inserting the catheter into the varicose vein through a tiny incision and threading the device through the vein up to the groin area. Radiofrequency waves are applied to the heating element in 20-second intervals to heat and ablate the vein in seven-centimeter increments sequentially. After each segment is treated, the Closure FAST catheter is manually withdrawn down the vein, and the process is repeated until the entire length of the vein has been ablated. The body automatically re-routes blood flow through healthier veins, and the restoration of healthy circulation relieves the distention of the surface veins. The ablated vein becomes scar tissue and is eventually absorbed by the body.
Why Do I Need This Procedure?
The objectives of the treatment are to improve your leg symptoms and reduce the risk of complications from varicose veins such as skin discoloration, swelling, thickening, and ulceration.
Varicose vein patients are selected for the procedure after a thorough clinical exam and ultrasound evaluation. This office based non-surgical and very convenient procedure has replaced the previous practice of “vein stripping,” which required extensive in-hospital surgery with prolonged recovery.
Each varicose vein patient is carefully evaluated, and treatment is individualized for the patient’s symptoms and ultrasound findings.
By Whom And Where Is The Procedure Performed?
This procedure is performed in the comfortable surroundings of our in-office procedure suite. Dr. Susheel K Sharma performs all the procedures. He has extensive experience in dealing with coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, and vein disease. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. The procedure involves no cutting or surgery. There are no parts of the vein removed from the body. There are no foreign bodies left inside the vein. The procedure is performed with minimal pain and discomfort. We use vibration anesthesia device to minimize discomfort.
You walk into the procedure suite, and you step out of the procedure suite on your two legs. There is no recovery period involved. There is no downtime or recovery period required for this procedure.
Are There Any Risks And Complications Of The Procedure?
Dr. Sharma will discuss the specific risks and potential benefits of the recommended procedure with you. Endovenous Ablation is a safe procedure. Complications after endovenous thermal ablation may include bruising along the site of ablation, pain along the section of ablation, a blood clot in the veins in the treated leg, and nerve irritation or numbness.
Meticulous care is taken to minimize these risks. When you meet with Dr. Sharma, you will have plenty of time to ask questions to help you understand the risks, benefits, complications, and alternatives to the procedure.
Most complications are minor and can be dealt with medications. Swelling and inflammation respond well to 5-7 days of treatment with Motrin. Rare formation of blood clot in the vein is treated with blood thinners for a few days to weeks. An occasional case of local infection is treated with oral antibiotics for 7-10 days.
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
The procedure takes approximately 45-60 minutes; Actual procedure takes only 15 minutes. 15 to 20 minutes is needed to prepare the leg and set up the procedure tray. After the procedure, additional 15 to 20 minute is required to wrap up the leg and discuss post-procedure instructions with you.
Will There Be Scarring, Bruising Or Swelling After The Procedure?
Since there is no surgical cutting involved and the procedure is performed using micropuncture technique no scarring results. There may be minor scattering or bruising post procedure which resolves in a few days. Most patients report feeling little, if any, pain during the ablation procedure. Dr. Sharma will give you ample local anesthetic t numb the treatment area. We use unique vibration anesthesia device to minimize discomfort during injection.
How Soon Can I Return To Normal Activities?
Patients treated with venous ablation may resume normal activities the day following the procedure. For a few days following the treatment, we may recommend a regular walking regimen and suggest you avoid strenuous activities (heavy lifting, for example) or prolonged periods of standing.
When do will My Symptoms improve?
Majority of patients report a significant improvement in their symptoms within 2 to 3 days following the procedure.
Is The Cost Of Procedure Covered By My Insurance?
Most insurances cover medically necessary endovenous ablation. Our experienced billing staff will work with your insurance companies to obtain precertification. If there are out-of-pocket expenses involved such as co-pay, deductible or coinsurance, we inform you of the procedure and work with you to create affordable monthly payment plans to minimize your financial burden.
How Effective Is The Procedure Long Term?
The RF venous ablation procedure provides durable, long-term results. In a large international, multi-center study has been shown to be 93% effective for up to three years.
Are These Veins Not Needed Bypass Surgery?
The varicose vein that is ablated is suitable for use during bypass grafting. Chest wall arteries are nowadays most commonly used. Not all veins in the leg are ablated. Other healthy veins in the legs are available for performing bypass surgery.
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