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Southeastern Surgical Associates
100 Camp Street
Hyannis MA 02601
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After a comprehensive evaluation that includes an ultra-sound examination of the veins, our vein specialists will determine the optimal treatment for each patient's needs.
The ClariVein device is the size of a small wire. It is inserted into the vein through a small IV catheter. The wire spins rapidly inside the vein, injuring the lining of the vein. At the same time, a sclerosant medication is injected through the catheter, causing the vein to collapse and seal shut.
Southeastern Vein Specialists was the first center in Massachusetts to perform the Clarivein procedure. The choice between Clarivein and VNUS Closure/Venefit is not necessarily straightforward, and is based on a patient’s unique considerations.
The Venefit Procedure (formerly known as VNUS Closure Procedure), an alternative treatment option to traditional vein stripping surgery, brings state-of-the-art technology to an age-old disease.
The Venefit Procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound, your physician will position the Venefit catheter into the diseased vein, through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy to the vein wall. As the RF energy is delivered and the catheter is withdrawn, the vein wall is heated, causing the collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy 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.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a method of surgical removal of surface veins. This is usually completed in our office using local anesthesia. Incisions are tiny (stitches are generally not necessary) and typically leave imperceptible puncture mark scars. Post-operative discomfort is minimal. After the vein has been removed by phlebectomy, a bandage and/or compression stocking is worn for a short period.
Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic medical procedure used to treat varicose veins and spider veins. A tiny needle is used to inject a solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. Overtime, the body will absorb the treated vein. Mild discomfort may occur, and a cramping sensation may be felt for 1 to 2 minutes when larger veins are injected. The number of veins injected in one session is variable, depending on the size and location of the veins, and the patient's overall medical condition. Anywhere from one to several sclerotherapy sessions may be needed for any vein region. Medically prescribed support hose and/or bandages may need to be worn for several days to several weeks to assist in resolution of the veins. In general, spider veins respond to treatment in 3 to 6 weeks, and larger veins respond in 3 to 4 months.