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November 25, 2011 at 8:00 AMComments: 5 Faves: 1

New Treatment for Varicose Veins

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

Oh, varicose veins. No one likes them and everyone hopes to never get them. Unfortunately, sometimes we do. Over 30 million Americans suffer from varicose veins and I suspect I may be one of them someday.

The reason?
I constantly cross my legs. That seems to be one of the things you should not do if you wish to avoid them.

Thinking about varicose veins made me wonder what sorts of treatments are out there, particularly the ones that doctors perform.

I found there to be are two major ones: ligation or stripping (veins removed through surgery) or ablation (noninvasive technique using laser energy)

There was a study done to compare the effectiveness of both techniques. 346 adults, average age around 48, were randomly assigned to have one procedure or the other. The tracked the results two years later to see how effective they were in eliminating all veins. Differences were noted between the two treatments.

23% of those that had the invasive surgery saw a reoccurrence of varicose veins. 16% of those that had the laser treatment saw a reoccurrence in varicose veins.

However, these two treatments do hurt and cause the patient to be out of basic activities for 4-5 days. They can’t even return to work for 10-12 days.

This made me wonder if there was something new out there…that had a quicker recovery time.

Well, apparently there is. A technique developed by Dr. Dvora Nelson.  It’s called the ClosureFast procedure and it allows the patients to return to normal activity that very same day. Some patients are even calling it a “lunch break” surgery.

How it works

A radio-frequency fiber is placed in the vein and moved all the way up to the groin. Radiofrequency energy is then used to destroy the lining of the vein. This tricks the body into thinking the vein is dead and it converts it into a dysfunctional vein. Blood will no longer flow through that vein; it will be re-routed to another normal vein and back to the heart to complete its cycle.

Besides being able to recover on the same day of their surgery patients do not have to worry about shelling their cash. It’s not a cosmetic procedure, so it is covered by most health plans.

Does this seem too good to be true?

Patient Cynthia McCarthy doesn’t seem to think so. She had a friend who had a more invasive procedure and she was off her feet for a few days. After the ClosureFast, McCarthy said she felt no pain.

What do you think? Is this a revolutionary procedure?

Sources:

http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/health/new-innovative-procedure-helps-varicose-veins-nearly-disappear-forever-in-just-minutes
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/treatments-for-varicose-veins-show-few-differences-in-comparative-study/2011/10/19/gIQAwXU2CM_story.html
http://nelson-vein.com/vnus-rf.html
http://www2.nbc17.com/news/2011/nov/10/triangle-doctor-treating-varicose-veins-without-su-ar-1595264/

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5 Comments

  • I had my laser procedure done a few months ago at the usa vein clinic in Brooklyn, NY. The procedure only took about 15-20 minutes and it was painless. I am definitely glad I had the procedure done and would not have chosen to do vein stripping instead. I recommend the usa vein clinics because I had a great experience there and my veins are gone!

  • At the USA Vein Clinics we are always striving to improve the experience for our patients by using the best state of the art instruments and introducing new treatments such as ClariVein (MOCA Technique). This is a technique that is as effective as sclerotherapy for closing the great saphenous vein, but with Mechanico chemical ablation (MOCA) tumescent anaesthesia is not needed. The method of Sclerotherapy has been used in treating small and large varicose veins; a chemical is injected into vein causing it to collapse during this procedure.With the ClariVein treatment a local anesthetic is used and ultra-sound visualization of the veins. This type of treatment procedure has many advantages such as the following:- there is no need for the use of tumescent anesthesia that is used in other endovenous ablation treatments- there is little to no pain or discomfort during this procedure- no pain or bruising post-procedureIf you are having any problems with your veins you should seek professional help do not leave it as this type of medical issue can progress or lead into more serious health problems. We have several vein clinics located all across the USA. You will be directed to a clinic that is in your area for your convenience. Let our professional vein specialists give you a proper diagnosis; then they will be able to work with you on setting up a proper course of action. They will review your case and decide what the best form of treatment will be for you and your vein issues. This is a health condition that is treatable but you must get in to see a specialist the earlier the better. You want to make sure that you are diagnosed properly so that the proper course of action can be taken. Check with your family doctor and ask him/her to set up an appointment for you with a vein specialist that way you know you are getting the best in the way of treatment for your vein condition.It is always best to get a professional opinion when it comes to health issues as with your vein problem there could be some other underlying health issue and the condition of your veins is a symptom of another health problem. This is one of the reason that you should not leave this as you don’t know what could be causing you to have vein problems it could be a number of other health conditions such as diabetes. If you have a family history of varicose veins for example you have a much higher chance of getting varicose veins. Don’t self-diagnose but instead to the smart and right thing and get yourself checked by a professional vein specialist it is better to be safe than sorry!

  • Simple walking exercises and keeping your legs elevated for periods of time definitely help. Also, be sure to wear less constrictive clothing to ensure proper blood flow. Good article overall!

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