Is there a difference between the ClosureFast™ Procedure and Venefit™?
No. ClosureFast™ is simply the new brand name for the Venefit™ Closure procedure.
Is the ClosureFast™ procedure painful?
Other than the initial local anesthetic injection, most patients report feeling little, if any, discomfort during the remainder of the minimally invasive procedure.
Does the ClosureFast™ procedure require anesthesia?
The ClosureFast™ procedure is usually performed under local or regional anesthesia. It is generally performed in a vein specialist’s office or an outpatient surgical facility.
Is the ClosureFast™ procedure suitable for everyone?
Only a vein specialist can tell you if the ClosureFast™ procedure is the right option for your vein problem. Experience has shown that many patients with varicose veins or CVI can be treated with the ClosureFast™ procedure.
What potential risks and complications are associated with the ClosureFast™ procedure?
As with all medical procedures, potential risks and complications exist including vessel perforation (when the catheter punctures the vein wall), thrombosis, pulmonary embolism (when a blood clot travels to the lungs), phlebitis (inflammation of the vein), infection, nerve damage, arteriovenous fistula (an abnormal connection between an artery and a vein), hematoma (bruising), and skin burn. As with all medical procedures, consult your physician to understand the risks and benefits of the procedure.
How effective is the ClosureFast™ procedure?
The ClosureFast™ procedure has been shown in a large international, multi-center study to be 93% effective over three years.
Is age an important consideration for the ClosureFast™ procedure?
The most important step in determining whether or not the ClosureFast™ procedure is appropriate for you is a complete ultrasound examination by your vein specialist. Age alone is not a factor in determining whether or not the ClosureFast™ procedure is appropriate for you. The ClosureFast™ procedure has been used to treat both women and men across a wide range of ages.
How quickly after treatment can I return to normal activities?
Patients treated with the ClosureFast™ procedure may resume normal activities more quickly than patients who undergo surgical vein stripping or endovenous laser ablation. With the ClosureFast™ procedure, the average patient typically resumes normal activities within a few days.
For a few weeks following the treatment, your physician may recommend a regular walking regimen and suggest you refrain from very strenuous activities (heavy lifting, for example) or prolonged periods of standing.
How is the ClosureFast™ procedure different from vein stripping?
During vein stripping, incisions are made in the groin and calf, and a tool is threaded through the diseased vein to pull the vein out of the leg. With the ClosureFast™ procedure, only one small incision is made at the insertion site and the vein is then treated and left in place. This minimally invasive approach reduces the likelihood of pain and bruising.
How is the ClosureFast™ procedure different from endovenous laser?
Although the ClosureFast™ procedure and endovenous laser ablation are both minimally invasive procedures, a comparative, multi-center study showed that the ClosureFast™ procedure was associated with statistically significant lower rates of pain, bruising and complications. Patients undergoing the ClosureFast™ procedure also reported improvements in quality of life measures up to four times faster than patients treated with endovenous laser ablation (the study was conducted with a 980nm laser).
Will I have to go to the hospital?
All of the vein treatments are performed by Dr. Wieters at The Vein Center, our Mount Pleasant facility.
The Vein Center is a fully accredited state of the art facility offering comprehensive vein care, specialized treatment rooms and all of the equipment necessary to safely perform treatments.
Will the veins come back?
Veins that have been properly treated will not return. However, new veins may develop over time and require re-treatment. Follow-up visits are recommended for “touch-ups”.
Does the treatment hurt?
On a pain scale of 1-10, with some laser treatments being an 8-9, VeinGogh™ is a 2-3. Since the procedure uses a hair-thin probe inserted into the vessel, there can be a slight “pinch”. Patients report it feels similar to a hair being removed.
On what size vessel does VeinGogh™ work best?
VeinGogh™ works best on spider veins up to 0.3 mm. VeinGogh™ is not designed to treat feeders or larger vessels deep beneath the surface. To effectively treat leg veins, VeinGogh ™ should be used in conjunction with sclerotherapy.