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What varicose veins are suitable?

Varicose veins arising from the groin,the long saphenous system, and behind the knee, short saphenous veins as well as perforator veins are suitable for treatment with VNUS Closure.

How is the procedure performed?

This procedure is performed under a local anaesthetic. A plastic cannula is inserted into the vein to be treated under ultrasound control. The radiofrequency catheter is then passed up the vein under ultrasound control. Once the catheter is in the correct position further local anaesthetic is injected around the vein. The catheter is then connected to the radiofrequency machine and the vein heated to 120oC.

There is a limit to the volume of local anaesthetic that can be used at one procedure. Therefore if both legs need to be treated these can either be done on separate occasions or the procedure can be performed using a general anaesthetic.

What are the advantages of this treatment?

Recovery time is faster than traditional surgery because the vein is not stripped. You can expect to be back to work in days rather than weeks.

It is cheaper then traditional surgery because it does not require a general anaesthetic.

What are the potential complications?

The main potential complication appears to be discolouration over the treated vein. The nerve running next to the vein can be involved in scar tissue and cause pain for several weeks to months after the procedure.

What are the alternative treatments?

These include no treatment, compression stockings, surgical stripping, Clarivein, and foam sclerotherapy. As part of your consultation all treatment modalities will be discussed, allowing you to choose the most appropriate treatment.

How do I arrange a consultation?

You will need a referral from your general practitioner.

Radiofrequency ablation

The radiofrequency ablation procedure is also known as Venefit. It was previously known as VNUS Closure. It is a minimally invasive treatment alternative with less pain and less bruising when compared to traditional vein stripping surgery and laser treatment. Using the Closure system, the diseased veins are treated by inserting the Closure catheter into a vein and heating the vein wall using temperature-controlled RF energy. Heating the vein wall causes collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. After the vein is sealed shut, blood then naturally reroutes to healthy veins.