The Varicose Vein Closure Procedure
The closure procedures used by Davis Vein Center produce less pain, bruising, and is minimally invasive compared to traditional vein stripping surgery and laser treatment. Using the closure system, physicians close the diseased veins 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. The closure procedure provides the following benefits for patients and physicians:Venous reflux or venous insufficiency develops when the valves that usually keep blood flowing out of your legs become damaged or diseased.
1. Minimally Invasive Outpatient Procedure
Closure catheters are inserted into the vein via a tiny incision in the lower leg, eliminating the need for groin surgery and general anesthesia. With our Utah varicose veins treatment, The closure procedure can be performed using local anesthesia in a physician’s office, an outpatient hospital setting, a varicose vein treatment center near SLC (Salt Lake City) or surgicenter.
2. Clinically Proven Less Post-Operative Pain
The procedure does not involve pulling the diseased vein from the thigh as with vein stripping surgery, or using 700° C laser energy which boils blood to occlude a vein as with endovenous laser (EVL)12. In the RECOVERY Trial, a multi-center head-to-head comparative randomized trial comparing the Closure procedure with EVL, the Closure procedure was found to have less patient pain and less patient bruising than EVL for the best patient recovery experience available from a minimally invasive treatment.10 Additionally, in other randomized comparative studies have shown that patients receiving the Closure procedure return to normal activity and work significantly faster than those who receive vein stripping.3 Our Utah vein treatment serves Davis, Weber, and Salt Lake Counties.
3. Excellent Clinical Outcomes
The current catheters, which represents the latest advancement in the closure procedure, has been shown in a multi-center study to have a 97.4 efficacy rate at one-year.11 This shows that our Utah vein treatment is highly effective and, as proven in the RECOVERY trial, is gentle on the patient.10
4. Cosmetically Appealing
Because this treatment is minimally invasive and is catheter-based, it results in little to no scarring. As with any medical procedure, you are encouraged to review all safety information associated with the procedure. We invite you to visit with us for an initial evaluation. The evaluation will include analysis of your condition, as well as a direct treatment plan.
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1. Procedures performed at regional ACP Meeting, June 2001.
2. Data on File – VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc.
3. 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.
4. Merchant RF, DePalma RG, Kabnick LS. Endovascular obliteration of saphenous reflux: A multicenter study. J Vasc Surg 2002;35:1190-6
5. Weiss RA, et al. Controlled Radiofrequency Endovenous Occlusion Using a Unique Radiofrequency Catheter Under Duplex Guidance to Eliminate Saphenous Varicose Vein Reflux: A 2-Year Follow-up, Dermatologic Surgery, Jan 2002; 28:1: 38-42
6. Jones L, et al. Neovascularisation is the principal cause of varicose vein recurrence: results of a randomized trial of stripping the long saphenous vein, Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg, 1996; 12: 442-445
7. Morrison N. Presented at the Union Internationale de Phlebologie, Rome, September 2001.
8. Pichot O, et al. Role of Duplex Imaging in Endovenous Obliteration for Primary Venous Insufficiency. J. Endovasc Ther 2000; 7:451-9.
9. Proebstle TM, et al. Endovenous Treatment of the Greater Saphenous Vein with a 940 nm Diode Laser: Thrombotic Occlusion after Endoluminal Thermal Damage by Laser Generated Steam Bubbles, J Vasc Surg 2002; 35: 729-736.
10. RECOVERY Trial – Data on File – VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc.
11. Dietzek A, Two-Year Follow-Up Data From A Prospective, Multicenter Study Of The Efficacy Of The ClosureFAST Catheter, 35th Annual Veith Symposium. November 19, 2008. New York.
12. Weiss RA, et al. Comparison of Endovenous Radiofrequency Versus 10nm Diode Laser Occlusion of Large Veins in an Animal Model. Dermotol Surgery 2002; 28: 56-61