Varicose veins treatment doesn't have to be painful

Apr 2,2012
By Toshio Nagamoto, MD

For years, the only option for treating varicose veins was a vein stripping procedure. Vein stripping was painful, required general anesthesia and took a couple hours to perform. Fortunately, a newer, less invasive technique is available: the VNUS closure procedure. Over the years, I’ve performed hundreds of procedures, and the results have been excellent.

There’s no need for a hospital visit – I see patients in my office, and the procedure generally takes 30 minutes to perform. A catheter is inserted into a vein and radiofrequency is used to shrink and close it. After sealing the vein shut, blood then naturally reroutes to healthy veins. During the procedure, patients are awake, do not experience pain and are typically back to their normal routines the next day.

Varicose veins can be painful – and relieving pain is the main goal of VNUS. The cosmetic improvements people often experience are an extra benefit. In fact, VNUS is frequently covered by insurance plans, but to qualify patients must be symptomatic – meaning, they experience pain or a history of bleeding. Some plans also require patients to undergo compression hose therapy (wearing specially designed leg stockings) for a period of time before covering the procedure. But generally, many patients are surprised to discover that they are covered for the VNUS procedure.

I invite you to join me from 6 to 7 p.m. April 10 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center to learn more about VNUS and its benefits. To reserve your seat, call 541-768-4752.

Many live with painful varicose veins for years. But with new options for relief like VNUS, there’s no reason to wait until the pain is unbearable.

Dr. Toshio Nagamoto is a board-certified surgeon with Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute. He specializes in vascular surgery, both arterial and venous, and treatment of varicose veins using the VNUS closure procedure.

This article first appeared in the Gazette-Times on April 1, 2012.

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