Radiofrequency Closure is a minimally invasive treatment alternative with less pain and less bruising when compared to traditional vein stripping surgery and laser treatment. Using the Radiofrequency Closure system, physicians close the diseased veins by inserting the Closure catheter into a vein and heating the vein wall using temperature-controlled RF energy. Heating the vein wall causes collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. After the vein is sealed shut, blood then naturally reroutes to healthy veins.
Venous reflux or venous insufficiency develops when the valves that usually keep blood flowing out of your legs become damaged or diseased.
The Radiofrequency Closure procedure provides the following benefits for patients:
Minimally Invasive Outpatient Procedure. Radiofrequency Closure catheters are inserted into the vein via a tiny incision in the lower leg, eliminating the need for groin surgery and general anesthesia. The Closure procedure can be performed using local anesthesia in a physician’s office, as well as in an outpatient hospital setting or surgery center.
Excellent Clinical Outcomes. The ClosureFAST catheter, which represents the latest advancement in the Closure procedure, has been shown in a multi-center study to have a 97.4 efficacy rate at one-year. This shows that the treatment is highly effective and, as proven in the RECOVERY trial, is gentle on the patient.
Cosmetically Appealing. Because treatment with Radiofrequency Closure is minimally invasive and is catheter-based, it results in little to no scarring. As with any medical procedure, you are encouraged to review all safety information associated with the procedure by consulting your physician.
After you have the procedure:
Following the procedure, the leg is wrapped in an Ace bandage for 48 hours. Patients are encouraged to walk, but refrain from strenuous activities for several days. Patients who undergo the Closure procedure can resume normal activity the same day. A compression stocking is worn for 7 days. Full activity including strenuous exercise can resume after 7 days.
Most people notice an improvement in their symptoms within a few days. Studies have shown that the Closure procedure has a 95% long term success rate. The procedure is approved by the FDA and is covered by medical insurance plans and Medicare.