if so, you may be suffering from venous reflux disease. more than 30 million people are undiagnosed with varicose veins or CVI. Traditionally, patients diagnosed with venous reflux would undergo vein stripping surgery. Now, minimally invasive treatment options, such as Venefit™ procedure, are available to patients.
The venous system anatomy
The venous system is made up of a network of veins, including:
- Superficial veins: veins located close to the surface of the skin
- Deep veins: larger veins located deep in the leg
- Perforator veins: veins that connect the superficial veins to the deep veins
The Venefit™ procedure treats venous reflux disease in the superficial venous system, often the underlying cause of painful varicose veins.
Understanding venous reflux disease
Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart. Venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased. As a result, vein valves will not close properly, leading to symptoms of:
- Varicose veins
- Swollen limbs
- Leg heaviness and fatigue
- Skin changes
Healthy vein valve
Healthy valves keep blood moving in one direction
Diseased vein valve
Diseased valves cause blood to move in both directions, elevating venous pressure
Venous reflux disease is progressive- symptoms can worsen over time if left untreated
A serious progressive disorder
Experience the Venefit™ procedure
The Venefit procedure is preformed on an outpatient basis. using ultrasound, your physician will position the ClosureFast™ catheter into the diseased vein trough a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter powered by radio frequency (RF) energy delivers heat into the vein wall. As the thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall shrinks and the vein is sealed closed. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood will re-route itself to other healthy veins.
Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the insertion site, and additional compression may be provided to aid healing. Your doctor may encourage you to walk, and to refrain from extended standing and strenuous activities for a period of time. The average patient typically resumes normal activities within a few days.
Are you suffering from venous reflux disease?
Many factors contribute to the presence of venous reflux disease, including:
- Family history
- Heavy lifting
- Multiple pregnancies
- Standing profession
Using ultrasound to scan your leg(s), your physician will determine if venous reflux is present.
- Relief of symptom within 2 days
- Outpatient procedure
- Can be preformed under local anesthesia
- The average patient typically resumer normal activities within a few days
- Proven results with positive patient outcomes and experience
*Individual results may vary
Frequently asked questions
Q: Is the Venefit™ procedure painful?
A: Most patients report feeling little, if any, pain during the Venefit procedure. Your physician should give you a local or regional anesthetic to numb the treatment area.
Q: How quickly can I resume normal activity?
A: Patient treated with the Venefit procedure may resume normal activities more quickly than patients who undergo surgical vein stripping or endovenous ablation. With the Venefit procedure, the average patient typically resumes normal activities in a few days. For a few weeks following the treatment, your vein specialist may recommend a regular walking regimen and suggest you refrain from very strenuous activities (heavy lifting, for example) or prolonged periods of standing
Q: How soon after my treatment will my symptoms improve?
A: Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within 1-2 weeks following the procedure.
Q: Is the Venefit™ procedure covered by insurance?
A: Many insurance companies pay for the Venefit procedure in part or in full. The Venefit procedure has coverage policies with major health insures. Pleas discuss your coverage with your insurance provider prior to seeking treatment.
Q: Is there any scarring, bruising or swelling after the procedure?
A: Most patients report limited to no scarring, bruising or swelling following the Venefit procedure using the ClosureFast™ catheter.
Q: How is the Venefit procedure different from endovenous laser?
A: Although the Venefit procedure and 980nm endovenous laser ablation are both minimally invasive procedures, a comparative, multi-center study showed that the Venefit procedure was associated with the statistically significant lower rates of pain, bruising and complications. Patients undergoing the Venevit procedure also reported improvements in quality of life measures up to four times faster than patients treated with 980nm endovenous laser ablation.
Q: How is the Venefit procedure different from vein stripping?
A: During vein stripping, incisions are made in the groin and calf, and a tool is threaded through the diseased vein to pull the vein out of the leg. With the Venefit procedure, only one small incision is made at the insertion site and the vein is then treated and left in place. this minimally invasive approach reduces the likelihood of pain and bruising associated with the vein stripping surgery.