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Varicose Veins – An Old Problem, a New Solution

Varicose veins is an age-old problem affecting approximately 15% of adults, predominantly, but not exclusively, women. 

Patients affected with varicose veins frequently experience symptoms and complications of this malady. These include aching and heaviness of the involved extremity, inflammation (phlebitis), ulceration of the skin, thickened and discoloration of the skin and obvious cosmetic consequences of venous insufficiency. Although rare, massive bleeding from a varicose vein may be life threatening. 

History of surgical approaches to this problem can be dated to 86 BC. Until recently, nothing has substantially changed with multiple incision phlebectomy (removal of varicose veins), with the exception of modern anaesthesia and antisepsis. Traditionally, surgery was tedious, time consuming, required multiple incisions and under varying circumstances, had an un-acceptable recurrence rate. 

Recently, an innovative new technique has emerged, revolutionizing the treatment of this complicated and debilitating disease. Using more sophisticated diagnostic studies, the cause of varicose veins can be much more clearly identified. With that information, and new instruments, varicose veins can be removed under direct vision. Instead of operative times of 3-4 hours, surgery time has typically been reduced to less than one hour. Rather than 20-40 incisions (cuts), this relatively new technique completes the surgery with only 6-8 incisions. Commonly, the patient goes home only a few hours after surgery, not 1-2 days, as was common in the past. 

Recently, Dr. Fall has completed extensive post graduate training in this procedure and is pleased to offer this state of the art technique to suffering patients. 

Overview Varicose Veins & Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

More than 30 million Americans suffer from varicose veins and the more serious form of venous disease called Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), yet only 1.9 million seek treatment each year.1,2,3 If the disease is left untreated, varicose veins can progress to become CVI with symptoms that worsen over time. Fortunately, diagnosing and treating this disease early can halt its progression.

Understanding the Condition

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red or flesh colored. They are often raised above the skin on legs and look like twisted, bulging cords. They can also be associated with pain, aches, heaviness, restless legs, or burning and itching of the skin.

What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)?

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a progressive medical condition that may worsen over time. As varicose veins progress to become CVI, other painful symptoms like leg swelling, skin damage and ulcers may occur.4,5 There are a number of factors that contribute to varicose veins and CVI, including pregnancy and heredity.4

Varicose Veins and Progression of Disease

Varicose Veins and Progression of Disease

Minimally Invasive Treatments

Today, there are a number of minimally invasive treatment options that are covered by many insurance plans. While treatments like compression stockings are often first prescribed to manage symptoms, there are a variety of treatments that may actually treat the diseased veins that cause varicose veins, improve your quality of life and potentially halt the progression of CVI.

Endovenous Thermal Ablation

Endovenous Ablation

Endovenous Ablation

Endovenous thermal ablation is a minimally invasive treatment that involves the insertion of a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into a diseased vein and uses heat to seal it shut. Blood that would normally return toward the heart through these veins will then travel through other veins instead. Over time the treated vein shrinks and is absorbed by the body. Compared with surgical options like vein stripping, endovenous thermal ablation results in less pain and quicker average recovery time.6


Venefit™ Targeted Endovenous Therapy

Venefit Generator

Venefit Generator

We proudly offer the Venefit™ procedure, formerly known as the VNUS Closure™ procedure, for the treatment of varicose veins and CVI. The Venefit™ procedure is a minimally invasive segmental ablation treatment that utilizes radiofrequency (RF) energy to provide an even and uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and seal. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood will re-route itself to other healthy veins.

Dr. Fall using the Venefit Catheters

Dr. Fall using the Venefit Catheter

The Venefit™ procedure allows for a quick, comfortable recovery and a return to everyday activities for the average patient, while also improving the appearance of varicose veins.6,7The Venefit™ procedure has been proven in clinical studies to have excellent long term effectiveness, with less pain and bruising than endovenous laser*.7*A comparison of the patient experience between those treated with the Venefit ™procedure, using the Covidien ClosureFast™ Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Catheter, and those treated with 980nm laser ablation. Venefit and ClosureFast are trademarks of a Covidien company.