Capitol Vein Blog

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Venacure vs. VNUS for Varicose Veins

Varicose vein patient, CVL Leesburg VA office

A varicose vein patient in our Leesburg, Virginia office recently asked about the difference between Venacure and VNUS Closure (now known as Venefit). It’s a good question, and we’re happy to report that the answer is relatively simple.

Venacure and VNUS Closure/Venefit are trademarked names for procedures used to treat the saphenous vein reflux that causes varicose veins. Venacure refers to an endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) procedure that uses “hot light” energy to treat the veins. VNUS Closure / Venefit uses radio-frequency ablation – essentially, electrical energy.

In both cases, the treatment method and end result are similar. After local anesthesia is administered, a small IV is placed and a catheter is threaded into the vein. As there are no nerve endings in the vein wall, the patient doesn’t feel the catheter. Once local anesthesia is administered, the refluxing valves are closed, and as the catheter is removed, the interior vein walls are heated, sealing them off. The remaining healthy veins of the leg continue to circulate blood in a normal manner. While they are competitive technologies, Venacure’s laser treatment of the saphenous vein has been reported in many studies to be more painful and cause more bruising than VNUS Closure/Venefit.

Are you experiencing any of the symptoms of varicose veins, such as aching, heavy, swollen, or restless legs? Contact us today to schedule a consultation with expert vascular surgeons Dr. Paul McNeill or Dr. Garth Rosenberg at one of our locations in Leesburg, VA; Charles Town, WV; Bethesda, MD; or Frederick, MD and see whether VNUS Closure is right for you.


Benenden Hospital said...

Its great that you've highlighted some of the myth's and facts about Varicose Veins. These kinds of articles provide fantastic initial ideas surrounding an often overlooked condition, and can lead to an initial almost self diagnosis that, if nothing else, may prompt the individual to seek further professional medical advice.

Great stuff.

Dr. Rosenberg said...

Yes, I agree with the comments. There are so many patients we see with very delayed evaluation and treatment of their varicose veins. Quite a few then appear with chronic skin changes and discoloration that persists even after successful vein treatment.

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