Approximately 25 million people in the United States have this condition. Moreover, half of women over 50 and more than three quarters of women over 65 have reported suffering various degrees of leg varicose veins, pain or swelling.
In general, veins are responsible for taking blood against gravity back to the heart. When veins are incompetent as in reflux disease, blood does not flow to the heart completely. Some of it leaks back with gravity and pool in the leg veins. This causes for the veins to bulge and stretch resulting in unpleasant side effects such as: aching and throbbing pain, itching, numbness, heavy and tired legs, night cramps, and restless leg syndrome.
Varicose veins are bulging dilated vessels that are located in various parts of the body especially legs and female genitalia. Although there is an important family trait, varicose veins are a frequent complication of pregnancy, birth control pills and certain occupations where standing for prolonged periods of time is required.
Traditionally, venous reflux disease was treated with a painful surgery known as vein stripping. Now, patients can be treated at Medilaser, Cosmetic Surgery and Vein Center with a minimally invasive procedure known as Venefit™ Targeted Endovenous Therapy, formerly Closure Procedure™, which uses radio frequency energy (similar to laser but with lesser side effects or complications). This method corrects the abnormal venous circulation that causes varicose veins, spider veins and leg pain.
Using ultrasound technology to visualize the veins to be treated, the entire procedure is carried out under local anesthesia, through a 3 mm puncture incision. Patients are awake and comfortable during the procedure, which is completed in less than 30 minutes at a time. Within one hour, they are back performing their routine activities or work. There is minimal pain if any after the surgery.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Anyone with venous reflux disease, who experience bulging veins, leg pain, swelling, discomfort, cramps, heaviness and restless leg syndrome and have ultrasound documentation of their condition. Since the procedure is performed under local anesthesia in the office setting, the risk of complications is minimal.
What Is The Difference Between Laser Ablation And Radiofrequency Ablation?
Although they are similar, minimally invasive techniques (endovascular treatments under ultrasound guidance and local anesthesia) differ in complication rates and collateral damage. Radio frequency is a much safer technique, because it uses heat related collagen contraction to close the treated vein in comparison to laser which causes severe vascular damage and blood boiling inside the treated vein.
Is This Procedure Covered By Health Insurance?
Yes, most insurance plans cover the evaluation and treatment of this medical condition regardless the cosmetic benefits associated with it. Our billing specialists will assist you to make sure there is not a financial burden to you or your family.