Frequently Asked Questions About the Venefit™ Procedure & Varicose Veins
How does the Venefit procedure work?
The Venefit procedure is an incredibly easy and quick procedure to perform. During this in-office procedure, using local anesthesia, the physician inserts a catheter into the diseased vein just below the knee. The catheter emits a uniform heat for 20 seconds that causes the diseased vein to collapse. This process is repeated, several inches at a time, until the entire vein is collapsed. It takes a matter of minutes.
Once the vein has been sealed shut, blood is naturally redirected through healthy veins. You go home just an hour or so later and return to your normal activities in 1-2 days. (Learn more about the procedure.)
What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)?
CVI is a progressive venous reflux condition that occurs when valves in the legs no longer properly carry blood back to the heart. As a result, blood pools in the legs and veins swell and bulge. Patients with CVI often report symptoms of aching and tired legs, leathery, flaky, or itchy skin on the legs and feet, and – in advanced cases – venous stasis ulcers.
This condition and its symptoms may be improved in some patients with weight loss, increased physical activity, compression stockings and antibiotics. Many patients, however, will require more advanced clinical treatment.
CVI is not a cosmetic issue, but a serious health issue that can lead to further health problems. Learn more about this condition.
What CVI and varicose vein treatment options are available?
There is no shortage of quick fixes and short-term varicose vein remedies, including stockings, ointments, drugs and more. However, these “solutions” fail to address the root of the problem. Ultimately, the defective valves and diseased veins must be removed. In the past, veins were surgically removed (stripped) or they were collapsed using a sclerotherapy solution.
Our providers treat varicose veins with Venefit, a simple minimally invasive outpatient procedure that closes the diseased vein, allowing the body to absorb it as fibrous scar tissue.
How long does it take to get back to normal after Venefit?
You’ll need to rest during the day of the procedure. Many patients, however, will return to work and their normal activities within 1-2 days following the vein closure procedure. Prolonged standing and strenuous activities are not recommended immediately following the procedure.
Will my legs scar, bruise, or swell after the procedure?
The majority of patients experience little to no scarring, bruising, or swelling. You may have a very small scar just below the knee where the catheter was inserted.
Is Venefit just another vein-stripping procedure?
No. Vein stripping is a procedure in which the vein is closed off and removed from the leg. It requires multiple incisions, general anesthesia and is typically performed in an operating room. In the Venefit™ procedure, by contrast, the diseased vein is closed off and left inside the leg, where the surrounding tissues naturally absorb it. The body reroutes blood flow on its own through normal healthy veins.
How is Venefit different from laser ablation varicose vein treatment?
Venefit Targeted Endovenous Therapy uses radiofrequency energy and heat of 120 ºC (or less) to contract the collagen in the vein walls. This results in vein walls collapsing and forming a clean, natural seal.
With laser ablation, a temperature of 700 ºC or more is used to bring the blood to a boil. This dangerous method causes a steam bubble inside the vein and can lead to complete destruction of the vein walls.
Clinical studies have proven that patients who receive Venefit varicose vein treatment experience less pain, bruising, and post-procedural complications.1
Is Venefit effective? Will results last?
The Venefit™ procedure has been proven in large international studies with multiple centers to be 93 percent effective for 3+ years.2
What happens to the treated vein after the procedure?
After the procedure, the vein becomes fibrous scar tissue that is gradually absorbed into the leg.
Does Venefit work for spider veins?
While spider veins and varicose veins are caused by the same problem (dysfunctional valves), spider veins pose no medical risk. Varicose veins, on the other hand, can lead to serious medical issues. The Venefit™ procedure does not treat spider veins.
Will my insurance cover Venefit varicose vein treatment?
Most insurance companies will cover this varicose vein remedy for patients who have been diagnosed with venous reflux disease. Contact your insurance provider to find out if you qualify for the Venefit™ procedure. You can also view a list of insurance providers that Valley Vein Center is affiliated with.
For a free varicose vein screening and consultation, call our office at 602-234-0004 to schedule your appointment.
1. Almeida JI, Kaufman J, Göckeritz O, et al. Radiofrequency endovenous ClosureFast versus laser ablation for the treatment of great saphenous reflux: a multicenter, single-blinded, randomized study (RECOVERY Study). J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2009;20:752-759.
2. Proebstle T, et al. Three-year European follow-up of endovenous radiofrequency-powered segmental thermal ablation of the great saphenous vein with or without treatment of calf varicosities. JVS; July 2011.