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Dr. Vasquez of The Venous Institute of Buffalo is recognized as one of the foremost experts on endovenous radiofrequency saphenous ablation, or the Venefit Procedure.

Having performed over 5,000 of these procedures to date, Dr. Vasquez is also recognized as the first to perform the VNUS Closure procedure in WNY and has taught his techniques to many physicians and fellows locally and nationally.

Dr. Vasquez has followed his outcomes of the VNUS Closure Procedure using the Venous Clinical Severity Score and had his results published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery.
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Venefit (VNUS Closure) Procedure

Venefit Procedure (previously known as VNUS Closure)

Patient Education: Venefit
The Venefit procedure, previously known as the VNUS Closure Procedure, offers patients an efficient, non-surgical alternative for treating varicose veins to improve the skin’s appearance and to reduce health risks related to large varicose veins. The Venefit Procedure utilizes radiofrequency (RF) energy to heat and contract the collagen found inside the vein walls, causing the vein to collapse and seal shut.

Advantages and Benefits of the Venefit/VNUS Closure Procedure include:

  • Outpatient procedure
  • Very little downtime; normal activity can be resumed within 1-2 days
  • Minimally-invasive; not an open surgical procedure
  • Little to no scarring
  • Long lasting relief from symptoms
Extensive clinical tests involving thousands of patients throughout the United States and Europe demonstrated that the Venefit Procedure is effective at occluding (closing) veins and reducing patient symptoms. Published studies have shown that at 12 and 24 months following the Venefit Procedure, over 90% of treated veins remained reflux free.

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Before and After Venefit Closure Procedure

  

Using ultrasound, your physician will position the Venefit catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny radiofrequency powered catheter delivers heat to the vein wall. After sealing the vein, blood flow redirects to healthy veins, thus reducing or eliminating the appearance of enlarged, diseased veins. The Venefit procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and typically takes about 30 minutes. Local anesthesia is used for patient comfort. In some cases, this procedure is performed in conjunction with Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy.

Venefit Procedure for Varicose Veins

   


Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the insertion site, and additional compression may be provided to aid healing. Your doctor may encourage you to walk, and to refrain from extended standing and strenuous activities for a period of time. Patients who undergo the Venefit procedure typically resume normal activities within a day.

How is the Venefit Procedure different from vein stripping?  

Vein stripping is an invasive surgical procedure that requires removing the vein through an incision during surgery. Vein stripping is typically performed in the operating room under full anesthesia. The Venefit Procedure, on the other hand, does not require surgery nor the removal of the vein. Instead, the vein is left in place and is closed using a special catheter inserted through a very small puncture. Because the Venefit Procedure is less invasive, recovery time is shortened from a few weeks on average for vein stripping to about one day for the Venefit Procedure. Additionally, the Venefit Procedure is performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia.