Formerly called VNUS ClosureFAST, Dr. Bunker most commonly performs the Venefit procedure, which is much like the laser technique but uses radiofrequency (RF) energy. Research suggests this technique is faster and easier on patients.
FAQs About Venefit Targeted Endovenous Therapy
Is the Venefit® procedure painful?
Patients generally report feeling little, if any, pain during and after the procedure.
How quickly can I resume normal activity?
Patients are encouraged to walk immediately following the procedure, and most patients resume normal activities within 1-2 days.
How soon after treatment will my symptoms improve?
Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within 1-2 weeks following the procedure.
Is there any scarring, bruising, or swelling after the procedure?
Most patients report minimal to no scarring, bruising, or swelling following the Venefit closure procedure.
How is the Venefit procedure different from endovenous laser?
In the only head-to-head trial of its kind, the Venefit catheter showed statistical superiority over 980nm endovenous laser. Patients treated with the Venefit catheter experienced less pain, less bruising, fewer complications and realized quality of life improvement up to four times faster than those treated with endovenous laser ablation.
How is the Venefit procedure different from vein stripping?
During vein stripping, incisions are made in the groin and calf, and a stripper tool is threaded through the diseased vein, to pull the vein out of the leg. With the Venefit closure procedure, only one small incision is made at the insertion site and the vein is then closed and left in place. This minimally invasive approach virtually eliminates pain and bruising associated with vein stripping surgery.
Is the Venefit procedure covered by insurance?
Yes, the Venefit procedure is covered by most health insurances for patients diagnosed with venous reflux.