An estimated 300 million people globally have venous reflux disease. Of those 17% are diagnosed. Only 1% receive treatment.*
A leading cause of varicose veins is venous reflux disease and is a progressive condition caused by incompetent vein valves in the leg. The disease develops when valves become dysfunctional and allow backward blood flow due to lack of valve closure. This disease is progressive and symptoms can worsen over time if left untreated.
Signs and symptoms:
The minimally invasive surgery approach eliminates or limits the pain and bruising during or after the procedure. It involves one small incision for the insertion of the vein closure material into the diseased vein which is left intact. The procedure can be completed in the General Surgery office.
Patients usually experience relief of symptoms after two days with noticeable improvement in one to two weeks.
The VNUS procedure is considered an outpatient surgery. Patients receiving the VNUS procedure are able to walk immediately following the procedure and resume normal activities within one day.
Many factors contribute to the presence of venous reflux disease including:
Having a screening, followed by medical management can help determine whether the VNUS procedure is the solution for you.
The VNUS Closure Procedure is covered in full or part by most insurance providers for patients diagnosed with venous reflux disease. Speak to your insurance provider before seeing treatment.
You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Williams by calling 815-872-9491.
Complete the following varicose veins self-assessment from the Minnesota Vein Center to determine if you are at risk for venous disease.