VNUS Closure is used, instead of vein stripping, to eliminate reverse blood flow in the saphenous vein, but without physically removing the vein, and can be performed in the office with local anesthesia. With Closure, or Radiofrequency Ablation, the vein is closed using radiofrequency energy through a catheter to heat the inside of the vein. Ultrasound is required to make the diagnosis and indicate whether a patient is a candidate for the procedure. Like other venous procedures, the Closure procedure involves risks and potential complications, but these are much less likely than with traditional surgery.
When is VNUS Closure used?
About the Author: Dr. Daniel Monahan
Daniel L. Monahan, M.D. opened Vein Surgery and Treatment Center of Northern California in 2001. The name changed to Monahan Vein Clinic in 2011. He is board-certified in surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Treating vein disease is not something to learn in a weekend course. Dr. Monahan’s formal training included more experience in vein treatment than typical surgical training, and he carried this expertise into his practice.