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Monday, August 29, 2011

ClariVein® – A New Treatment for Varicose Veins

Treatment for varicose veins is rapidly evolving. VNUS Closure is the primary method to treat venous insufficiency in the leg, but a new technique, ClariVein, has been introduced to help manage the same venous condition.

Venous reflux can lead to painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg syndrome and blood clots. The treatment goal is to eliminate the source of backflow in the veins, thereby establishing normal forward flow from the lower leg to the upper leg. ClariVein uses a small catheter that is introduced into the vein near the knee. It is painlessly advanced toward the groin, at which point a small wire rotates within the vein, making it very responsive to the sclerotherapy that is then performed.

The recovery from ClariVein is instantaneous and return to normal daily activities should occur the same day, though strenuous activity ought to be delayed a bit longer.

Results thus far are very good, though admittedly, ClariVein has not been studied as long as VNUS Closure, so the longer term data is much more solid for VNUS. After either of these two procedures, microphlebectomy of surface leg veins is often undertaken to complete treatment of the leg veins.

If questions arise related to any of these procedures, please seek more information by seeing either of the doctors at the convenient locations in Frederick, MD; Bethesda, MD; Charles Town, WV; or Leesburg, VA.


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