Venefit is a minimally invasive treatment to address varicose veins. The procedure uses radiofrequency energy, delivered directly to the vein via a narrow catheter, to seal the affected vein shut so it disappears from view. In many cases the large varicose veins that branch off the treated vein will disappear as well. Venefit is performed as an office procedure at PCI Vein Center.
How does Venefit Work?
A small catheter is inserted through a tiny incision below the knee and then threaded into the affected vein. Dr. Lawrence uses ultrasound imaging to ensure the catheter arrives at its precise location. Once the catheter is properly placed in the vein to be treated, radiofrequency energy is delivered directly into that vein.
The heat from the radiofrequency energy causes the vein to collapse once the catheter is withdrawn. The entire procedure takes just a few minutes to complete. Patients receive local or topical anesthetic prior to treatment, to ensure full comfort throughout the procedure.
What to Expect after Treatment
Once the catheter is removed, a pressure bandage is placed over the incision. Because the incision is so small, no stitches are required. Patients are usually able to return to work and regular activities as soon as the procedure is completed. Strenuous activity and physical exercise are discouraged for the first 2-3 days.
The treated vein seals shut and blood is rerouted through healthy veins nearby. The collapsed vein will eventually be reabsorbed by the body. Results of the procedure are seen right away and continue to improve over time. If the patient experienced uncomfortable symptoms from the varicose vein, those symptoms should subside as soon as the procedure is finished.
The Venefit closure procedure is a minimally invasive vein treatment that yields excellent results. For more information about Venefit, or other options in varicose vein treatment, contact PCI Vein Center.