At the Vein & Vascular Clinic of Texas we predominantly treat varicose veins using the the Venefit™Procedure, previously known as the VNUS Closure Procedure. The Venefit™Procedure is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins and Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI).
How Does the Venefit™ Procedure Work?
The procedure itself takes about 45 minutes, during which the vein specialist inserts a Covidien ClosureFast™ Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Catheter to collapse and close enlarged leg veins. After the vein is sealed shut, blood then naturally re-routes to healthy veins.
What to Expect with the Venefit Procedure
The ClosureFast™ catheter is inserted into the vein through a tiny incision below the knee. Guided by ultrasound imaging, the physician treats a 7 cm segment of vein with a 20-second burst of radiofrequency energy, causing the vessel to shrink around the catheter. The physician withdraws the catheter, treating each segment until the entire length of the vein has been sealed. An average 45 cm length vein can be treated in this manner in just three to five minutes.
Why we use the Venefit Procedure at Vein Clinic of Texas
Unlike painful vein stripping surgery or laser ablation, the catheter delivers uniform, consistent heat to each segment and temperatures do not exceed 120°C.1 As a result, the Venefit procedure causes less bruising and allows for rapid patient relief and recovery.
Other Advantages of the Venefit Procedure
The Venefit procedure is performed right in our office under local anesthesia. The procedure is minimally invasive, and has been shown to result in less pain, bruising and faster recovery than those treated with laser according to studies.
Laser Treatment Versus Venefit Procedure
The 2009 RECOVERY Study compared the experience of patients treated with the ClosureFast catheter and those treated with the 980 nm laser. The study demonstrated:
- Less pain, bruising and complications with the ClosureFast catheter2
- Up to four times faster improvement in patients’ quality of life with ClosureFast catheter versus laser based on a quality of life questionnaire2
Other studies have shown that patients receiving the Venefit procedure return to normal activity and work significantly faster than those undergoing vein stripping.
Excellent Clinical Outcomes
The ClosureFast catheter has been shown in a prospective, international multi-center study to be 93% effective at three years using Kaplan Meier analysis.
How Much Does the Venefit Procedure cost?
After diagnosis by one of our vein specialists, the procedure is performed as a medical necessity and is therefore covered by most health insurance companies. If you do not have insurance we offer financing options as well. Please call us to inquire.
About the Vein & Vascular Clinic of Texas
The Vein Clinic of Texas at the Cardiac Center of Texas is located in McKinney,TX, off of I-75 and 121/Sam Rayburn tollway across from the Medical City McKinney. We are conveniently located for patients seeking varicose vein treatments from all parts of the Collin County and North Dallas area including Allen, Plano, Frisco, Prosper, and Celina.
- Weiss RA, et al. Comparison of endovenous radiofrequency versus 10 nm diode laser occlusion of large veins in an animal model. Dermotol Surgery 2002;28:56-61. The study utilized a 980 nm laser.
- Almeida JI, Kaufman J, Göckeritz O, et al. Radiofrequency endovenous ClosureFast versus laser ablation for the treatment of great saphenous reflux: a multicenter, single-blinded, randomized study (RECOVERY Study). J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2009;20:752-759.
- Lurie, F, et al. Prospective randomized study of endovenous radiofrequency obliteration (Closure procedure) versus ligation and stripping in a selected patient population (EVOLVeS Study), J Vasc Surg 2003; 38(2):207-14.
- Proebstle T, et al. Three-year European follow-up of endovenous radiofrequency-powered segmental thermal ablation of the great saphenous vein with or without treatment of calf varicosities. JVS; July 201