See how the VNUS Closure procedure for varicose veins impacted one woman's life.
Watch her story on Good Morning America.
With each of her two pregnancies, Chaleece Roberts developed more and more varicose veins. She couldn't wait to get rid of them. Read her story and find out how VNUS Closure was used to treat her varicose veins.
About VNUS Closure
The VNUS Closure procedure seals shut a damaged vein. It is a minimally invasive procedure and is also called "radiofrequency vein ablation."
You will first be given local or regional anesthesia. Using ultrasound, your doctor will position the Closure catheter (a thin tube) into the varicose vein through a small opening in the skin.The tiny catheter is powered by radio-frequency energy and it delivers heat to the vein wall.
As thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall shrinks and the vein is sealed shut. Once the vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins.
VNUS Closure benefits
In addition to getting relief from varicose vein symptoms, benefits of the VNUS Closure procedure include:
- Short recovery time. Many patients resume normal activities in one or two days
- Less post-operative pain, bruising and discomfort than other surgical treatments
- Same-day procedure (no hospital stay)
- Good cosmetic outcomes with little or no scarring
Studies report that over 90% of veins treated with the Closure remain closed, reflux free, after two years.
Preparing for VNUS Closure
- Your appointment will last 1 to 2 hours
- Take your routine medications as you normally would
- It is ok to eat prior to the procedure
- Wear comfortable clothing
Bring to your procedure:
- Pre-procedure medication (Valium)
- Thigh-high compression stocking
- A change of under clothes, as the ones you are wearing may get stained with betadine
- Someone to drive you home
Care at home after VNUS Closure
- You may experience a mild amount of bruising and numbness after the VNUS Closure procedure. This will typically fade in a few weeks.
- You may feel pain or tenderness in your inner thigh. Mild pain medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen may be helpful.
- It is normal to have fluid leaking from the injection areas the day of the procedure. Fluid may be blood tinged.
- Wear your compression stocking for 48 hours after the procedure. You may remove the stocking after 24 hours to shower, but then reapply it.
- Wear the stocking for two weeks after the procedure while you are up.
- The day of the procedure - make sure to walk around the house for a few minutes each hour until bedtime.
- The day after the procedure - you can increase activity as tolerated, but avoid strenuous activity for 2 weeks.
- Avoid standing and sitting for long periods of time. Both of these activities will cause blood to pool in your legs resulting in more swelling and discomfort.
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after the procedure.
- Do not take baths or use hot tubs or swimming pools until your incision site is healed.
When to call a doctor
Seek help if you have:
- Fever greater than 100.8 degrees F.
- Uncontrolled bleeding from incision site
- Pain that is not relieved by rest or pain medication
- Shortness of breath
You will need to schedule two post-procedure appointments:
- An ultrasound for 2 or 3 days after the closure procedure.
- An appoinment to see your surgeon 2 weeks after your procedure.
Call 651-232-2550 to schedule these appointments.
For more information
If you have questions about the procedure or to speak with a nurse, call HealthEast Vascular Center at 651-232-2550.