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Varicose veins:   Approximately 30 million people suffer from varicose veins.  This medical condition not only leads to unsightly and large veins on the legs but more importantly can cause swelling, pain, leg heaviness, discoloration of the skin, bleeding and in some cases venous stasis ulcers.  The symptoms of varicose veins may lead to decreased activity and exercise which may negatively impact your ability to conduct your usual daily routine.

Understanding venous reflux disease: Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist with return of blood back to the heart.  Venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased.  As a result, the valves will not close properly, leading to blood pooling back into the leg which produces the symptoms mentioned above.*

Treatment: Treatment of varicose veins begins with medical management which helps control the symptoms of venous reflux disease but does not treat the underlying problem.  Many patients are candidates for a minimally invasive procedure called Venefit.

The Venefit procedure is performed by Dr. Dagher as an outpatient in the comfort and privacy of our office under local anesthetic.  Using ultrasound, the ClosureFast catheter will be positioned into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin.  The tiny catheter powered by radiofrequency energy delivers heat to the vein wall.  As the thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall shrinks and the vein is sealed closed.  Once the diseased vein is closed, blood will re-route itself to the other healthy veins.  Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the insertion site, and additional compression may be provided to aid healing.  The average patient typically resumes normal activities within a few days.  Relief of symptoms is usually experienced within 2 days.*

For more information about varicose veins please visit the Venefit website.

*Venefit Covidien brochure


Varicose Veins                                                Skin Changes


Swelling                                                          Venous Stasis Ulcers

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