The VNUS Closure® procedure is a minimally invasive treatment alternative to traditional vein stripping surgery for venous reflux, a common underlying cause of varicose veins. The Closure System was cleared for marketing in the US in March 1999. The Closure procedure is becoming increasingly popular.
The procedure is performed by placing a very small tube (catheter) into
the vein to deliver radiofrequency energy to the vein wall, causing
it to collapse and seal shut. Once the diseased vein is sealed,
healthy veins will take over and redirect the blood flow.
The procedure is minimally invasive and can be performed under
local anesthesia in a doctor's office. Patients have reported feeling
little, if any, pain during the procedure and most return to their
normal activity within a day. Some common side effects may include
temporary tenderness and numbness.
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Within 1-2 weeks after the procedure, patients report good cosmetic
outcomes and noticeable improvement in their symptoms with little to no pain, scarring, or bruising.
The Closure procedure is covered by most
insurance companies when
deemed medically necessary.
As with other treatments, the Closure procedure will not prevent new varicose veins from developing
in alternate veins.