Venefit Procedure - Formerly VNUS Closure
Capitol Vein and Laser is one of the country’s recognized leaders in VNUS Closure, now known as Venefit™ Targeted Endovenous Therapy. This minimally invasive, high-tech procedure has revolutionized the treatment of varicose veins. The procedure was FDA approved in 1999, and Drs. McNeill and Rosenberg immediately understood the impact this minimally invasive procedure would have on those of their patients who were impacted by varicose veins. As board certified Vascular Surgeons and Phlebologists (physicians specializing in venous disease), they have taught vein treatment courses nationwide, and to date have done well over 5,000 VNUS Closure cases.
The Venefit procedure is done under local anesthesia in the comfort of our offices in Frederick, Bethesda, Charles Town, and Leesburg. Recovery is immediate and patients can note improved symptoms almost as quickly.
Is There a Difference Between the Venefit Procedure and VNUS Closure?
No. Venefit is simply the new brand name for the VNUS Closure procedure.
Venefit/VNUS Closure replaces saphenous vein stripping in the management of venous insufficiency, the common cause of varicose veins. The treatment is done using local anesthesia in the comfort of our office. A small IV is placed in the saphenous vein near the knee and a catheter is inserted into the vein. Guided by ultrasound, the catheter is advanced to the highest failing valve, stopping the reflux at its source. Once in place, the catheter - actually a miniscule fiber–optic cable - is heated via radiofrequency energy. Then, as the catheter is withdrawn from the leg as the heat collapses the vein, sealing it shut.
Will I have to go to the hospital?
All of the vein treatments are performed by one of our board-certified vascular surgeons, Dr. McNeill or Dr. Rosenberg, in a Capitol Vein & Laser Centers office. Each location is a fully accredited state-of-the-art facility with specialized treatment rooms, a vascular laboratory diagnostic center and all of the equipment necessary to safely perform treatments.
How long will it take?
Less than an hour. This time encompasses the preparation, procedure time and a brief recovery period.
Is the Venefit/VNUS Closure procedure painful?
Other than the brief "stick and burn" that accompanies the local anesthetic injection, most patients report feeling little, if any, discomfort during the minimally invasive procedure.
What are the risks of the Venefit/VNUS Closure procedure?
As with any medical procedure, despite the overall benefit, there are potential risks. Associated complications are extremely rare and include infection, paresthesia (numbness or tingling) and phlebitis. Our physicians will review these in detail at your consultation and answer all of your questions to your satisfaction.
What about recovery?
Patients report no scarring, and minimal to no bruising or swelling following the procedure. Most patients are able to resume normal activities immediately following the procedure. And, other than refraining from strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for three days, we encourage patients to walk and be active.