Vein Stripping Then Vs. Venefit Now
- Posted on: Aug 15 2013
Then: Vein Stripping
In the 1980s and 1990s, vein stripping was the “gold standard” procedure for treating varicose veins. As mentioned in a previous blog by Dr. Neal Reynolds, this procedure typically required the removal or “stripping” of great saphenous vein (GSV).
With vein stripping, the surgeon would pass a cable from the patient’s ankle through the vein to the groin, where it was secured to the open end of the vein. The surgeon then pulled the cable out through the ankle incision, bringing the vein along with it. As you can imagine, each surface vein was also removed, requiring multiple 3-inch to 8-inch long incisions, operating times of 4 to 5 hours, a lot of pain, several pints of blood for transfusions to replace lost blood, and several days to a week of hospital rest for the patient because of the whole ordeal and lots of bandages that required changing.
That was then. This is now.
Now: Venefit ™
Today, Dr. Neal Reynolds of The Vein Clinic uses Venefit™ (formerly known as VNUS Closure® procedures) to treat varicose veins. This treatment:
• Is the only minimally invasive procedure that uses “hot light” radiofrequency (RF) energy to provide an even, uniform heat to contract collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and seal so blood flow is redirected to healthy veins.
• Is performed as an outpatient using local anesthesia in The Vein Clinic’s office.
• Results in less pain, no scarring, bruising or swelling.
• Is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare.
• Lets patients return to normal activities, typically the same day.
• May require a regular walking regimen by your doctor.
Make an appointment
To learn more about Venefit™ (formerly known as VNUS Closure® procedure) or to make an appointment, call The Vein Clinic today at 803-253-8667.
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