Wondering what to expect prior to the ClosureFast procedure? The ClosureFast procedure is a minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency ablation (heat) to seal off the diseased vein so blood gets rerouted to nearby healthy veins.
Prior to the ClosureFast procedure:
■ Leg will be evaluated using ultrasound
■ Vein may be marked using a skin marker
Vein access and catheter positioning
■ Local anesthesia will be given at the catheter entry site to numb the area
■ The physician will access the vein through either a small incision or skin puncture
■ Once the veins is accessed, the ClosureFast™ catheter is inserted and advanced to the treatment starting point
■ The catheter’s position is verified using ultrasound
■ Treatment path will be numbed
■ Minimally invasive, outpatient procedure
■ Proven results with positive patient outcomes
■ Lower rates of pain, bruising and complications and a faster improvement in patients’ quality of life when compared to 980 nm laser ablation5
■ Average patient typically resumes normal activities within a few days following treatment6
■ Most patients report a noticeable improvement in symptoms within 1 – 2 weeks following procedure6
■ Can be performed under local anesthesia
■ Covered by most insurance providers**
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2 US Markets for Varicose Vein Treatment Devices 2011, Millennium Research Group. 2011
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4 Proebstle T, et al. Three-year European follow-up of endovenous radiofrequency-powered segmental thermal ablation of the great saphenous vein with or without treatment of calf varicosities. JVS; July 2011.
5 Almeida JI, Kaufman J, Göckeritz O, et al. Radiofrequency endovenous ClosureFast versus laser ablation for the treatment of great saphenous reflux: a multicenter, single-blinded, randomized study (RECOVERY Study). J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2009;20:752-759.
6 L. H. Rasmussen, M. Lawaetz, L. Bjoern, B. Vennits, A. Blemings and B. Eklof, Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Endovenous Laser Ablation, Radiofrequency Ablation, Foam Sclerotherapy and Surgical Stripping for Great Saphenous Varicose Veins. British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd., Wiley Online Library, www.bjs.co.uk, March 15, 2011.
7 American Heart Association, SIR, Brand et al. “The Epidemiology of Varicose Veins: The Framingham Study”