About 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from vein reflux disease. The greater saphenous vein is the largest superficial vein in the body, running all the way from the groin to the foot. When vein reflux disease affects this vein, it can cause pain, swelling, varicose veins, and, when left untreated, skin ulcers.

Our vein specialists often recommend a state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive vein treatment called ClosureFast to treat this condition, also known as chronic vein insufficiency, or CVI. We use radiofrequency energy that is transported through a small catheter. The heat from this RF energy closes off the diseased vein. (That’s why it used to be called the VNUS Closure procedure.) This reroutes blood to the healthy veins, and the closed vein is gradually reabsorbed into the body.closurefast

Is ClosureFast Covered by Health Insurance and Medicare?

Most insurance companies, as well as Medicare, recognize ClosureFast as a proven treatment for vein disease and cover at least a portion, if not all, of the cost. We work with insurers and Medicare to provide whatever documentation and information they need to help ensure the maximum possible claim reimbursement for our patients.

What Can I Expect During the Procedure?

ClosureFast involves just a small incision, so only a local anesthetic is used. Most of our patients report experiencing little if any discomfort. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour. Most patients are in our vein clinic for 60 – 90 minutes in all and go on about their day when they leave. Some schedule procedures on their lunch hour!

What Happens After the Procedure?

We recommend that our patients avoid strenuous activity and standing or sitting for long periods for a week or so following the procedure. (Extended standing and sitting are not good for your circulation anyway!) Your vein specialist will advise about aftercare based on your specific condition and other individual factors. Most people have little bruising or swelling around the incision site and little if any scarring, as the incision is very small (no more than 1/4 inch.)

How Soon Should I See Results?

Patients begin to experience relief from the pain, swelling, and fatigue caused by their diseased vein right away. Many sleep well for the first time in years! They eventually see the varicose veins in the treated area disappear. The procedure has an overall success rate of about 95 percent.

If, after a thorough examination and ultrasound diagnosis, our vein specialists believe that ClosureFast is the best possible varicose vein treatment for you, we will answer all of your questions and address any concerns to help you feel comfortable about the procedure.

For more information on ClosureFast and the other state-of-the-art varicose vein treatments we offer, call us or contact us online to schedule an appointment at one of our three convenient Atlanta vein clinics.