Varicose veins occur when the valves that direct the flow of blood through the veins into the heart fail. The blood pools around the valves and the veins become raised above the skin on legs and appear as twisted, bulging cords that can be blue, red or flesh colored. New Jersey Vein and Laser Center is one of the few Vein centers in Monmouth County offering a procedure known as radiofrequency ablation (Venefit or VNUS Closure), a minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to precisely and effectively treat patients suffering from vein disease. The sealed off vein eventually disintegrates and disappears and the blood is re-routed to other nearby veins.
An ultrasound may be performed to assess and confirm your suitability for the procedure. The procedure itself can be performed at our local vein clinic in Monmouth County. Following the application of a local anesthetic, a catheter is carefully guided into the affected vein through a small incision made in the groin area. This catheter delivers radiofrequency energy through the catheter into the vein wall, heating it up and causing it to seal and shut. Radiofrequency ablation is associated with minimal bruising and pain and shorter recovery times than vein stripping as it does not require the use of a general anesthetic in an operating room.
You should expect to spend one - three hours at our Monmouth County Vein Treatment center for your procedure, including preparation and recovery time. The procedure itself only lasts 20-30 minutes. In most cases an improvement in symptoms is noticed within two weeks of the procedure. During your recovery phase you will be instructed to walk regularly, avoid standing for prolonged periods of time, and avoid strenuous activities such as heavy lifting.