Venefit Procedure—Formerly VNUS Closure—To Treat Varicose Veins
Capitol Vein & 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. Once the procedure was FDA approved in 1999, and Drs. Paul McNeill and Garth Rosenberg immediately understood the impact it would have on their patients who were living with varicose veins. As board certified Vascular Surgeons and Phlebologists (physicians specializing in venous disease), they have taught vein treatment courses nationwide and have performed well over 10,000 VNUS Closure procedures.
The Venefit procedure is done under local anesthesia in the comfort of our offices in Frederick, MD; Bethesda, MD; Charles Town, WV; and Leesburg, VA. Recovery is immediate and many patients note improved symptoms almost instantly.
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 have replaced saphenous vein stripping in the management of venous insufficiency, the most 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. As the catheter is withdrawn from the leg, the heat collapses the vein and seals it shut.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. Paul McNeill or Dr. Garth 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 the procedure take?
Less than an hour. This time encompasses 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 this 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 the potential risks 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 Venefit/VNUS Closure 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.