Varicose Vein Treatment
In Tomball, Texas
Bulging leg veins or varicose veins can be eliminated so you don’t have to keep hiding behind long pants or be covered up at your next outdoor event. More importantly, these unsightly veins may be a sign you could develop a more serious disease called Chronic Vein Insufficiency or CVI. It is reported that more than 30 million Americans suffer from vein (venous) disease, including varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Most do not realize that vein disease is not merely a cosmetic problem but can indicate or lead to CVI.
About Varicose Veins and Chronic Vein Insufficiency
Varicose veins surface as enlarged veins that can be blue, red or flesh-colored. Frequently they are raised above the skin and appear like twisted, bulging cords. Veins can become varicose when the vein valves that control blood flow become damaged or diseased, resulting in inefficient blood flow back to the heart. If left untreated, varicose veins can sometimes progress to a more serious form of vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency is a progressive, sometimes debilitating medical condition. It occurs when valves in the veins of the lower leg no longer function to push blood back to the heart. This allows blood to flow backward, or reflux, resulting in enlarged, or varicose veins. If left untreated, the condition can progress and, in severe cases, result in lifestyle-limiting lower leg pain, swelling, skin damage and ulcerations. Given the common misunderstanding that varicose veins are only a cosmetic issue, it is documented that only 1.9 million of the more than 30 million Americans who suffer from varicose veins or CVI seek treatment.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins and chronic vein insufficiency?
Symptoms can include swelling, skin changes and ulcerations. Varicose veins are often the first sign of the onset of Chronic Vein Insufficiency. Previously, the treatment for varicose veins involved a surgical procedure call “vein stripping”. However, a new minimally invasive varicose vein treatment is available called VNUS Closure®. This procedure is important to your overall health and vascular system and is therefore covered by most insurance. More about this procedure can be found by visiting Dr.Waqar Khan’s website www.texasveinmd.com
What causes varicose veins?
Varicose veins appear when the valves in the leg veins no longer function properly, causing blood to pool in the lower legs and ankles.
What is the procedure to treat varicose veins?
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 Closure® 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.
How long does the VNUS Closure® procedure take?
This 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 Closure Procedure
The VNUS Closure® procedure, an alternative treatment option to traditional vein stripping surgery, brings state-of-the-art technology to an age-old disease.
The VNUS Closure® procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound guidance, the catheter is positioned into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The slender catheter delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy, which heats the vein wall. As the vein wall is heated and the catheter is withdrawn, the collagen in the vein wall shrinks and the vein closes. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins to get back to the heart.
Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the catheter insertion site and the leg. You may be encouraged to walk at frequent intervals and to refrain from prolonged standing and strenuous activities for a period of time.
Patients who undergo the VNUS Closure® procedure typically resume normal activities within a day.
Highlights of the Closure Procedure
- Relief of symptoms
- Resume normal activity within a day
- Outpatient procedure
- Local or general anesthesia
- Good cosmetic outcome with minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling
Click below to view a short video about the VNUS Closure® procedure.