Vein Treatment FAQs
FAQs About Varicose Vein Treatment and VNUS® Closure® Procedure
- Is the Closure procedure painful?
- How quickly can I resume normal activity?
- How soon will my symptoms improve?
- Is there any scarring, bruising or swelling after the procedure?
- How is the Closure procedure different from vein stripping?
- What if I need the vein for bypass surgery in the future?
- Is the Closure procedure covered by insurance?
One week post-treatment
Before and after images courtesy of Michael Vasquez, MD
Q: How is the Closure procedure different from vein stripping?
A: During vein stripping, incisions are made in the groin and calf, and a stripper tool is threaded through the diseased vein to pull the vein out of the leg. With the Closure procedure, only one small incision is made at the insertion site and the vein is then closed and left in place. This minimally invasive approach eliminates pain and bruising associated with vein stripping surgery.
Q: What if I need the vein for bypass surgery in the future?
A: The Closure procedure treats diseased veins only, which are not appropriate for bypass surgery. Physicians can use other healthy vessels should bypass
surgery be necessary.
If you still have questions or need more information about this procedure, call Virginia Mason's Vein Treatment Clinic at (206) 254-VEIN or (206) 254-8346.