Frequently Asked Questions
Questions About Venefit™ Procedure
What are patients saying about the Venefit procedure?
Is the closure treatment covered by my insurance?
What happens to the treated vein left behind in the leg?
How effective is the Venefit procedure?
Is age an important consideration for the Venefit procedure?
Is the Venefit procedure suitable for everyone?
Are there any potential risks and complications associated with the Venefit procedure?
Is there any scarring, bruising, or swelling after the Venefit procedure?
How soon after treatment will my symptoms improve?
How quickly after treatment can I return to normal activities?
Many patients can resume normal activities immediately. For a few weeks following the treatment, your doctor may recommend a regular walking regimen and suggest you refrain from very strenuous activities (heavy lifting, for example) or prolonged periods of standing.
Questions About Venous Disease
What are the three main categories of veins?
What is the main difference between arteries and veins?
When is closure used?
What is vein stripping?
What is Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
What is Sclerotherapy?
What is the short term treatment for varicose veins?
If there are inflamed areas or an infection, topical antibiotics may be prescribed. If ulcers develop, medication and dressings should be changed regularly.
There are also potentially longer-term treatment alternatives for visible varicose veins, such as sclerotherapy and phlebectomy.
What are venous leg ulcers?
What are the symptoms?
Who is at risk for varicose veins?
Conditions contributing to varicose veins include genetics, obesity, pregnancy, hormonal changes at menopause, work or hobbies requiring extended standing, and past vein diseases such as thrombophlebitis (i.e. inflammation of a vein as a blood clot forms). Women suffer from varicose veins more than men, and the incidence increases to 50% of people over age 50.
The Venefit™ procedures treat leg veins in the superficial and perforating systems that have venous reflux, the underlying cause of varicose veins. Patients with thrombus (blood clots) in the vein segment to be treated should not have the Venefit procedures. Individual results may vary based on each patient’s condition. As with all medical procedures, potential risk 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. Consult with a physician to receive more information.