ClosureFast Procedure For Varicose Veins
The ClosureFast procedure is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed in a physician’s office to treat varicose veins of the legs. This vein procedure is most commonly used to treat symptomatic bulging blue varicose veins on the legs that are causing discomfort or swelling. It can also be utilized to treat asymptomatic varicose veins that are causing unsightly leg veins. There are also other venous conditions that can be treated with the ClosureFast Procedure, including venous reflux disease that is causing skin pigmentation around the ankles, and venous wounds or ulcers on the ankles/feet. The treatment can also be used for complicated surface veins that are causing bleeding or phlebitis/blood clots. The ClosureFast procedure is sold to qualified vein physicians by a medical device company called Medtronic.
How Does the ClosureFast Procedure Work?
The procedure utilizes a patented medical catheter to deliver radiofrequency heat energy to the wall of defective varicose veins, causing them to close shut. The device targets the underlying cause of varicose veins as well, known as venous reflux disease. By targeting the underlying venous disease of the leg, it can often cure varicose vein disease. Having the ClosureFast Procedure performed on your leg vein disease makes it much less likely that you will go on to develop recurrent varicose veins in the future.
During the procedure, an IV is inserted into the defective vein(s) after the skin is numbed with Xylocaine / Novacaine. Through the IV, the ClosureFast catheter is then inserted under ultrasound guidance. After the catheter is positioned by the doctor, the device is activated. It then delivers focused heat energy to the vein wall over less than 5 minutes. The abnormal vein(s) are immediately closed and as a result the venous reflux disease also resolves immediately. There is very little discomfort with the procedure and the results will begin to be apparent within days.
What is the Recovery After the ClosureFast Procedure?
The ClosureFast procedure is performed in about 30 minutes by a vein specialist. You are able to walk out of the office immediately after the procedure with very little discomfort and minimal limitations. Patients typically rate the discomfort during and after the treatment as mild (Ranked 1 or 2 out of a pain scale of 10 typically). You can go back to work immediately and resume all household chores immediately. There are no walking limitations or restrictions. It is advised that you avoid high-intensity cardiovascular exercise for 1-2 weeks after the therapy. It may take up to 6 weeks to see the final results of the therapy, but most people report pretty dramatic symptom relief within a couple of days following the therapy.
Why Should I Choose Austin Vein Specialists for My ClosureFast Therapy?
We believe that we are the most qualified to perform your vein procedures due to our level of training and experience. Our physician is a double board-certified Vein Specialist and Vascular Surgeon. He obtained his board certification from the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Medical Specialities. He also has additional certification in Phlebology by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM). Dr. Joel Gotvald, MD, FACS, RPVI is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a distinguished member of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS). Dr. Gotvald has over 15 years of vein treatment experience. He has performed thousands of ClosureFast procedures with excellent outcomes and exceptions patient satisfaction scores. Dr. Gotvald works with the highly qualified and compassionate staff at the Vein Center. We have 2 convenient locations, one in Austin and another clinic bordering Round Rock, Texas, and Cedar Park Texas.
For additional information, contact us at (512) 339-9100 or use the contact form on our website.