Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic problem and, therefore, their treatment is covered by insurance. Some patients mistakenly do not seek treatment and wait until complications such as clots, ulcers or bleeding develop. There is now an easy solution that is also covered by most medical insurance providers. VNUS ClosureTM is a clinically proven, minimally invasive office-based procedure that treats varicose veins and their underlying cause, venous reflux. VNUS Closure uses radiofrequency energy to close off the leaky veins in order to eliminate varicose veins. During VNUS Closure, a tiny catheter placed into the vein delivers a form of light energy to the vein wall. This energy causes collagen in the vein to change shape in order to close the vein. This elegant procedure is completed in less than an hour with minimal or no discomfort. Patients can drive themselves to and from our facility; and return to work or normal activity the same day. Clinical studies have shown outstanding safety, efficacy, and patient satisfaction. Patients are delighted with symptom relief and cosmetic improvement, 98% of whom would recommend VNUS Closure to a friend.
The VNUS ClosureRFSTM stylet allows our practice to offer you a minimally-invasive option to traditional surgery for the venous ulcers on your legs. It is the only endovenous ablation device specifically cleared by FDA for the treatment of incompetent perforating veins, the most common origin of your leg ulcers. This outpatient treatment can be either the primary procedure or it can be performed in addition to another outpatient leg vein Closure procedure, using the VNUS ClosureFASTTM catheter, when chronic venous insufficiency disease of your large saphenous veins has been diagnosed.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure which can be performed in the physician's office setting with local anesthesia, for the treatment of varicose veins. After the area has been cleaned, local anesthetic is injected into the distal area of the vein that is causing the bulgy, unattractive and painful varicose vein to be treated. A small tube or catheter is threaded along the vein under direct ultrasound guidance injecting local anesthetic along the way for patient comfort. When the entire vein to be treated has been canalized, sound waves are used to heat, collapse and shrink and eventually disappear. This technique typically is used to treat the venous insufficiency causing large varicose veins in the legs and takes approximately 30 minutes.
Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic medical procedure used to treat varicose veins and spider veins. A tiny needle is used to inject a solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. Overtime, the body will absorb the treated vein. Mild discomfort may occur, and a cramping sensation may be felt for 1 to 2 minutes when larger veins are injected. The number of veins injected in one session is variable, depending on the size and location of the veins, and the patient's overall medical condition. Anywhere from one to several sclerotherapy sessions may be needed for any vein region. Medically prescribed support hose and/or bandages may need to be worn for several days to several weeks to assist in resolution of the veins. In general, spider veins respond to treatment in 3 to 6 weeks, and larger veins respond in 3 to 4 months.
Microphlebectomy, also called 'stab phlebectomy,' is an outpatient medical procedure that is used to treat painful, unattractive varicose veins that are located close to the skin's surface. The procedure is ideal for treating veins that are too large to treat with sclerotherapy and too small to safely and successfully treat with laser procedures.
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Lone Star Heart & Vascular
425 Holderrieth Blvd.
Tomball, TX 77375
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