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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
  • 1. What are Varicose Veins?

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    With age the veins may become enlarged and sometimes look as if they are twisted, bulging or bruised. The swelling can be painful causing legs to ache, heaviness sensation, occasional numbness and nocturnal cramps. Because of reflux (Defective vein valves) the blood pools in the lower extremities, increasing the pressure downwards within the veins causing the progression of the disease.
  • 2. What is chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)?

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    CVI is a progressive medical condition in which the valves of the veins which carry the blood from the legs to the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs and those veins swell. This blood backflow (REFLUX) causes veins to expand, loose form and protrude from beneath the skin. Common symptoms include; pain, leg swelling, heaviness, fatigue and frequent night cramps as well as skin changes and finally ulcers in the more severe cases.

  • 3. How do you treat Varicose Veins and CVI?

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    Since the valves of the legs cannot be repaired, the only alternative is to reroute blood flow from the damaged veins to the healthy vein. Traditionally, this has been done surgically by removing (Stripping) the troublesome vein from your leg. The new alternatives rely on a minimally invasive technique that has overwhelming advantages over the classical form of open surgical treatment. Through a needle puncture and directed non invasively with the duplex ultrasound, the THERMAL ABLATION (Radiofrecuency or Laser) is a highly efficient form of treating the veins, by simply closing the disease vein. Once the disease vein is closed, it becomes scar tissue and eventually absorbed by the body

  • 4. Varicose veins, cosmetic or disease

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    Some small blue and red spider veins without other symptoms can be regarded as a cosmetic problem but when the vein is dilated, many times visible and the patient complains of ache, pain, sorriness, heaviness, night cramps, swelling of the legs, it should be checked and reviewed to discard underlying disease.

  • 5. Which treatment is concidered better, Laser or Sclero?

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    The best results in the treatment of spider veins has been obtained with Sclerotherapy (In both physical forms: Liquid or Foam).

  • 6. Is the injection safe?

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    There are different types of sclerosing agents in the market, (in different concentrations), as it has less side effects and better results are seen.

  • 7. Is the sclero injection painful?

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    Most patients, report minimal or no pain at all. But some may experience a slight stinging during the injection of the solution.

  • 8. How does the solution works?

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    The solution is injected into the spider vein(s) with a very fine needle. As the solution enters the spider vein, it temporarily displaces the blood and causes an irritation of the inner layer of the vein, such that the vein collapses, scars and gradually are absorbed by the body.

  • 9. Will the veins disappear immediately?

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    No, this is the most important fact in understanding your treatment. Healing process begins as soon as the solution or foam is injected. However, the beginning of the process is microscopic, invisible to the naked eye. The treated veins will fade over the course of 4 to 6 weeks.

  • 10. How many treatments will I need and how frequently?

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    This will depend on the extension of your vein problem. Average visits range between 2 to 5, within 4 weeks intervals. Also some times control visit every 6 months to a year are recommended.

  • 11. Do I need a bandage or compression stockings?

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    When the larger or more extensive veins are treated you may have to wear either compression stockings or an ACE bandage, for about 1 to 4 days (Th level of compression will be prescribed by the physician).

  • 12. Are there any complication with this procedure?

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    Yes, but fortunately, they are very rare. The information given at your initial office visit explains possible side effects, such as hyperpigmentation, discoloration, matting, allergic reactions and rarely skin sloughing. If you have any questions, please ask the treating physician or assistant nurse.

  • 13. Will I have some pain after the injections?

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    You may notice some itching or tingling for few hours after treatment. We recommend to take Advil or Tylenol to alliviate this feeling. Do not scratch. You may use Arnica gel. It is a good idea to start taking Arnica pills 2 or 3 days before the planned date of treatment.

  • 14. How does thermal ablation procedures differ from vein stripping?

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    Vein stripping is a surgical procedure, where the surgeon makes an incision in your groin and ties off the vein (in case of larger Varicose Vein with refluxing), after which a "stripper" tool is threaded through the leg vein in order to pull it out through a second incision just above your foot.

    On the other hand, with the thermal Ablation procedure (Either Laser or Radiofrecuency Venefit™ Targeted Endovenous Therapy Formerly known as the VNUS Closure™ procedure) the vein remains in place and is closed using a special catheter inserted through a small incision just below the knee.

    Vein stripping is performed in a operating room usually under general anesthesia, while thermal ablation is performed under local anesthesia in the physician office and typically is an ambulatory procedure.

  • 15. How is Venefit™ Targeted Endovenous Therapy different from laser ablation ?

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    The Venefit™ procedure utilizes radiofrecuency energy source to provide consistent and controlled energy, to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing then to gently collapse and seal. Once the leg vein is closed, blood flow is redirected to a healthy vein.

    Laser ablation on the other hand, uses laser heat to collapse and seal the affected vein. The laser targets the red blood cells in the vein which causes the blood to boil, this heat creates a steam bobble inside the vein, creating damage to the vein, so that the vein collapses. Unlike Venefit™, the laser temperature can reach 700 C degrees, this can lead to perforations and destruction of the vein, causing significantly more bruising and post-procedural pain.

  • 16. How long does the Venefit procedure take?

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    Takes approximately 45 minutes, although patients normally spend 2 to 3 hours in the medical facility (before and after the procedure).

  • 17. Is it a painful procedure?

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    Most patients report feeling little or any pain, Your physician will give you local anesthesia to numb the treated area.

  • 18. How quickly after treatment can I return to normal activities?

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    Many patients experience a quick recovery with immediate return to normal activities. Your vein specialist, will recommend a regular walking regime and suggest to refrain from strenuous activities.

  • 19. Is Venefit™ Targeted Endovenous Therapy covered by insurance?

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    Many insurance companies pay the Venefit™ procedure partially or in full. Ask at the vein specialist office regarding your provider.

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