In the past, vein stripping surgery was the only treatment used to eliminate varicose veins, and this procedure came with a variety of unfavorable potential side effects. Today, varicose vein treatment is much safer and more effective thanks to procedures like VNUS closure. To determine if this procedure is the solution to your varicose-vein problems, ask your doctor the questions listed below.
- What is causing my varicose veins? The cause of your condition will be a significant factor in determining appropriate treatment. If you are suffering from the underlying condition of chronic venous insufficiency, VNUS closure is most likely to offer successful recovery, as it allows the doctor to seal off problem veins and the valves supplying them with blood.
- How long does recovery take? You may be surprised to learn that you are encouraged to be up and walking around the day of your procedure. VNUS closure is gentle on the body, and light physical activity will be helpful to the deeper veins where blood flow has been re-routed. You will need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for a couple weeks after the procedure, but you can probably return to work right away.
- What exactly happens during the procedure? VNUS closure works by applying heat through RF energy to problem veins. Only a small incision is required where a catheter can be inserted into the leg. There is minimal discomfort during the procedure, and it is generally performed with just a local anesthetic.
- Will my insurance cover VNUS closure? Varicose vein treatment is often covered by health insurance because it can lead to other medical conditions. Because the VNUS procedure is a safe alternative to procedures like surgery, it should be covered in most policies. However, it is important to verify this with your doctor so financing options can be discussed as necessary.
If you are ready to say goodbye to your varicose veins and you think VNUS is the answer for you, contact Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan at (212) 204-6501. Our board-certified physicians can personalize treatment for you using the latest medical technology available for venous insufficiency.