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What is Venefit?

I have heard of this new procedure called Venefit. What is it? How is it different than laser treatment and how do I know if it's right for me?


Doctors Answers (4)

These procedure is similar to endovenous laser closure, but the source of energy is radio frequency instead of laser. The success rate is the same, but patients experience less pain with the radiofrequency.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is treated with heat or chemicals. They all work very well to close incompetent varicose veins. If your Dr. has performed a duplex ultrasound on your legs and shows CVI, and if you are symptomatic, then most patients benefit significantly. Venefit is radiofrequency heat, and it works well to close veins, but it is no better than laser or chemical closures. Most insurances pay for these procedures if you are symptomatic.

This is not a new procedure at all! What it is is a new company bought another company and renamed the procedure from VNUS closure to VEnefit. It uses radiofrequency to heat the vein lining and close the vein. Laser uses light to heat the vein lining and close the vein. Otherwise the procedures are relatively the same.

Venefit is the name given to the radiofrequency catheter treatment to great saphenous vein and/ or small saphenous vein of the leg. This is done to treatment venous reflux, the underlying cause of varicose veins and leg symptoms due to venous reflux. The procedure was initialy called VNUS Closure after the company that developed this catheter treatment. This company was bought by Covieden and the name of the procedure was changed to Venefit.

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