Varicose veins may be a sign of something more severe: venous reflux disease. Healthy leg veins have valves that keep blood flowing back to the heart. Venous reflux disease develops when the valves stop working properly and allow blood to flow backward (i.e., reflux) and pool in the leg veins. Left untreated, symptoms can worsen over time. Dr. Harrison can help you understand if you have this condition. Signs and symptoms may include varicose veins and heaviness or tiredness, aching, swelling, itching, cramping, open wounds or restless legs.
Treatment for Varicose Veins
If you suffer from varicose veins, ClosureFast may be the perfect solution for you. The procedure is performed in our office using a local anesthetic.
During the ClosureFast procedure, a tiny catheter is placed in the problem vein under ultrasound guidance. Radiofrequency energy is delivered through the catheter, causing just enough heat to close or collapse the vein as the catheter is withdrawn. The vein is then reabsorbed into the surrounding tissue, resulting in elimination of the unsightly varicose veins, as well as the symptoms you may have experienced.
The cosmetic outcome of the ClosureFast procedure is generally very pleasing. For most patients, the long-term result is the permanent elimination of the treated vein. Best of all, you will be on your feet immediately after the procedure, and back to most normal activities within a day.
VenaSeal: A Newer Treatment Option
VenaSeal closure system delivers immediate and lasting vein closure using a medical adhesive formula. This minimally invasive, outpatient procedure offers a more comfortable experience and less recovery time. This special glue holds the walls of the vein together, closing the vein and redirecting the blood flow to healthy veins. With time, your body will absorb the treated veins, and they will disappear. Advantages of VenaSeal are fewer needle sticks, less pain and bruising than from thermal energy treatment and post-procedure compression stockings are not required.
Take a step toward beautiful, pain-free legs.
ClosureFast is covered by Medicare and most private insurance. VenaSeal is covered by Medicare and some private insurance. You want to get started now because Medicare and private insurance often require a 6-12 week waiting period of conservative therapy before approving treatment.
Anxious about having a Procedure?
PRO-NOX, a patient-controlled comfort measure using the time-tested combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is available in our office. It takes effect in seconds, offering immediate relief of pain and anxiety.