Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a progressive medical condition which worsens over time and affects the veins and vessels in the leg which carries oxygen-poor blood back toward the heart. Varicose veins, which are enlarged veins in the leg which appear like twisted, bulging cords, can progress to CVI if left untreated.
There are a number of factors that contribute to varicose veins and CVI, including pregnancy and heredity. As varicose veins progress to become CVI, other painful symptoms like leg swelling, skin damage and ulcers may occur.
The Venefit™ procedure is the only minimally invasive segmental radiofrequency (RF) ablation treatment which utilizes radiofrequency energy to provide an even and uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and seal. Once a leg vein is closed, blood flow is redirected to healthy veins.
The Venefit procedure allows for a quick, comfortable recovery and a return to everyday activities, while also improving the appearance of varicose veins.
The accredited Vein Center at Fox Valley Plastic Surgery expertly treats all vein issues. Some practices have a doctor, instead of a registered vascular technician, perform the ultrasounds. This is never done at FVPS because a registered vascular sonographer is vastly superior to a doctor in his/her level of ultrasound expertise of the veins. Our skilled surgeons and technicians are helping women and men from places such as Green Bay, Appleton, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan perfect their personal Renaissance. Contact the Vein Center at (920) 233-1540 to request a vein consultation.
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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.
Unlike painful vein stripping surgery or laser ablation, the catheter delivers uniform, consistent heat to each segment, and temperatures do not exceed 120° C. As a result, the Venefit™ procedure causes less bruising and allows for rapid patient relief and recovery. The Venefit™ procedure is commonly performed in our office as an outpatient procedure.
The treated vein becomes fibrous tissue after the procedure. Over time, the vein will gradually be completely absorbed into surrounding tissue.
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Most patients report feeling little, if any, pain during the Venefit™ procedure. We will give you a local or regional anesthetic to numb the treatment area.
Read about Paul’s experience in our Vein Center and other real patient stories in Real Patient Stories. As an avid athlete, Paul had a heart and muscles like someone half his age. His limiting factor were his legs. As the aching and exhaustion grew worse, he discovered that he had venous reflux disease, a highly treatable disease for the accredited Vein Center at Fox Valley Plastic Surgery.
The Venefit™ procedure is minimally invasive, eliminating the need for groin surgery and general anesthesia. The procedure also results in little to no scarring and is generally performed using local anesthesia in our office. After the treatment, patients indicated that they had a fast improvement in quality of life with the ClosureFast™ catheter. Patients receiving the Venefit™ procedure return to normal activity and work significantly faster than those undergoing vein stripping. The ClosureFast catheter has been shown in a study to be 93% effective after three years.
The most important step in determining whether or not the Venefit™ procedure is appropriate for you is a complete ultrasound examination by our office. The Venefit™ procedure has been used to treat both women and men across a wide range of ages.
In order for the treatment to take place, these rules need to be adhered to on the day of the procedure:
1. Do not eat 3 hours prior to procedure. Make your last meal a light meal (e.g. yogurt, fruit, coffee or juice). Stay away from breads and cereal. The breads and cereal may absorb your relaxing medication. You may keep taking any medication that you would take on a daily basis.
2. Bring your compression stockings with you. You will be instructed if you will need to wear them home.
3. Have a ride. You will be unable to drive for the rest of the day due to the relaxation medication given during your procedure.
Many patients experience a quicker return to normal activities. For a few weeks following the treatment, we recommend a regular walking regimen and suggest you refrain from very strenuous activities (heavy lifting, for example) or prolonged periods of standing. Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within one to two weeks following the procedure. Most patients report minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling following the Venefit™ procedure.
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As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with the Venefit procedure. We will determine if any present conditions present any special risks. We will review potential complications of the Venefit™ procedure at the consultation, which can include vessel perforation, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, phlebitis, hematoma, infection, paresthesia (numbness or tingling) and/or skin burn.
Vein treatment is inherently expensive due to the amount of appointments required and the technologies involved. Fortunately, most insurance companies cover the treatment of vein disease, which is associated with substantial pain and other complications. However, some individual insurance companies may limit the types of therapy which are covered. FVPS will check to see if the procedures are covered by insurance, but the patients are still ultimately responsible for any copays, deductibles, and any other non-covered insurance charges. Patients without insurance coverage should call for an individual consultation to get a custom quote for vein treatment.
FVPS normally holds a free vein screening at least every other month at either the Oshkosh or Appleton location. Look on our seminar calendar to see when the next free vein screening takes place. Don’t want to wait? Call (920) 233-1540 to request your vein consultation.