Over 30 million people in the United States suffer from symptomatic venous insufficiency, the underlying cause of varicose veins. Varicose veins are often mistakenly thought to be only a cosmetic condition when, in fact, they are usually a symptom of this disease.
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This condition progressively damages the valves of the saphenous vein and cosmetically disfigures the leg. Some common symptoms of venous insufficiency are:
- Varicose veins
- Burning or itching of the skin
- Color and texture changes of the skin
- Aching, tired or weak legs, especially after long periods of standing or sitting
- Swollen legs and/or ankles (edema)
- Poorly-healing wounds, such as skin ulcers commonly above the medial malleolus
When to consult a physician
We know that swollen legs are not exclusively a result of chronic venous insufficiency, nor are ulcers exclusively a diabetes complication. Overlooking a correct diagnosis may lead to an ineffective therapy. Furthermore, conservative treatment often fails to address the underlying disease. Key facts to consider are:
- Compression stockings only temporarily alleviate the symptoms of venous reflux
- Varicose veins are usually a symptom of an underlying, treatable saphenous vein reflux disease
- Venous disease is progressive in nature and may worsen if left untreated
The ClosureFast Procedure featuring the ClosureFAST Catheter has been the subject of an international multi-center trial. This trial recently demonstrated a procedural efficacy of over 95% at the two-year follow up. In another international multi-center study, the RECOVERY Trial showed that when compared to laser treatment, the Closure procedure has significantly less patient pain and bruising with fewer adverse events than laser. The ClosureFAST Catheter represents the latest advancement in RF Technology from Medtronic, a company built on a strong foundation of clinical data and patient-centric approaches to treating venous disease.
More than 500,000 patients have been treated with the ClosureFast procedure. The procedure is also covered by most health insurance companies, which makes it an appealing option for many patients.
Struggling with varicose veins?
Working together, we can provide patients who suffer from varicose veins and the symptoms of underlying venous insufficiency patient-friendly and clinically-proven solutions.