Looking to VNUS to Help Legs

Deb D'Orvilliers likes to be active, but over the years, varicose veins started to slow her down.

Deb says walking any distances, or up one or two flights of stairs, would fatigue her legs. Add to the physical symptoms how they looked. She says, in the summer, she'd avoid shorts and put on Capri pants to cover up the rope-like bulges.

Then Deb heard about the new VNUA Closure Procedure. It's a minimally invasive alternative to the surgery that used to be the only option for treating larger varicose veins.

Dr. Peter Innes, who offers the procedure at Cotton-O'Neil Clinic in Topeka, says it can be done in less than an hour in an office setting.

The VNUS Closure System uses a catheter attached to a radio frequency generator. The catheter is passed up into the vein, and then radiofrequency is applied. Dr. Innes says the radiofrequency essentially shrinks the proteins in the wall of the vein and, as the catheter is pulled out, the opening is closed.

Patients wear compression stockings for a couple weeks, but can be back to normal activity in one or two days. Dr. Innes says it's had great success. He says about 90-percent or more of those who get it will have long-lasting results.

Deb says it's taken away the pain her varicose veins used to give her. She can now walk as much as she wants and three or four flights of stairs don't fatigue my legs.

Plus, she had no problems putting on shorts and heading to the golf course this summer.

Insurance may cover the VNUS procedure, especially if varicose veins are causing pain symptoms. You can learn more about it at the company's web site, www.vnus.com.

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