Venefit Procedure

The Venefit Procedure (formerly called VNUS Closure) is the trade-marked name for treatment of saphenous vein reflux that uses radiofrequency energy. Closure is done in our office without general anesthesia and takes the place of older surgical procedures done in the operating room, like vein stripping and high ligation of the saphenous vein. It generally takes about one hour or less and is usually covered by private insurance and Medicare.

Here's how the procedure is done:
Our board-certified physician starts the procedure by accessing the saphenous vein in the leg with a hollow needle, using ultrasound guidance. Then a thin wire is threaded through the needle and the needle is withdrawn leaving the wire in place. A small catheter is then placed in the vein and the machine supplying radiofrequency energy is turned on and the catheter is slowly withdrawn as the treated vein closes behind it.

What results can be expected?
Patients report rapid and pronounced relief of symptoms in legs treated with the Venefit Procedure (formerly called VNUS Closure). Research has shown that 94% of the veins treated with this procedure were invisible by ultrasound at 24 month follow-up, suggesting that the body reabsorbs the treated vein over time. Meanwhile, the patient can enjoy the benefits of corrected venous circulation.