Endovenous radio frequency ablation (Closure® procedure) is a minimally invasive, in-office treatment alternative to surgical stripping of the great saphenous vein. Instead of removing the saphenous vein, it is sealed closed in place. The skin on the inside of the knee is anesthetized and a radio frequency catheter is inserted into the damaged vein through a needle stick in the skin. The catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall causing it to heat. As the vein warms, it collapses and seals shut.
The procedure is generally done in an outpatient or in-office setting. It may be done under local anesthesia.
Following the procedure, the catheter is removed and a bandage or compression stocking is placed on the treated leg. Patients are able to walk immediately after the procedure and most individuals are able to return to work the next day. Endovenous radio frequency ablation (Closure® procedure) is FDA approved for the treatment of the greater saphenous vein.
Possible complications of endovenous radio frequency ablation are thermal skin burns and transient numbness.
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