Varicose veins occur when veins fail to properly circulate blood up and back to the heart. As a result, blood pools in the veins, leading to an enlarged, twisted vein appearance. In severe cases, varicose veins can rupture and form ulcers. Varicose veins are most commonly found on the thigh or calf.
Leg pain and fatigue from varicose veins does not have to be chronic, debilitating or unsightly. Our vascular specialists offer a range of treatments for varicose veins, including
- VNUS Closure: Radiofrequency energy closes the vein
- Sclerotherapy: Injection of a fluid to collapse the vein
- Microphlebectomy: Removal of surface veins
- Ligation and stripping: Ligation involves tying off the damaged vein, stripping is removal of the vein
After a thorough examination, our experts discuss your options with you to select the best approach.
VNUS Closure for Varicose Veins: New Option Offers Many Benefits
VNUS Closure is a new, state-of-the-art outpatient procedure for treating leg pain due to varicose veins and their underlying cause, venous reflux (chronic venous insufficiency). Compared to traditional vein surgery, people who have VNUS Closure report many benefits, including:
- Little to no pain
- Minimal bruising
- Quicker return to normal activities (typically within one day)
In a VNUS Closure procedure, the physician will insert a tiny catheter into the varicose vein. The special catheter is used to deliver radiofrequency energy inside the vein, heating the vein wall to cause the enlarged vein to shrink and close. Blood will reroute to other healthy veins.