The VNUS Closure® Procedure at Spire Liverpool Hospital

The VNUS Closure® procedure is available at Spire Liverpool Hospital. The VNUS Closure can treat leg pain and varicose veins by treating venous reflux disease in superficial venous system, often the underlying cause of painful varicose veins. Superficial venous reflux disease is progressive - symptoms can worsen over time if left untreated.

The VNUS Closure® represents an important new treatment for leg pain and varicose veins

Are you a candidate?

Many factors contribute to the presence of venous reflux disease, including age, gender, family history, multiple pregnancies, obesity, and working in a standing profession.

Using ultrasound to scan your leg(s), your vascular surgeon will determine if superficial venous reflux is present. Speak with your surgeon about determining your candidacy for the VNUS Closure® procedure.

What's involved in VNUS Closure®?

The VNUS Closure® procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound, your surgeon will position the closure catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter powered by radio-frequency (RF) energy delivers heat to the vein wall. As the thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall shrinks and the vein is sealed closed. 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 surgeon may encourage you to walk, and to refrain from extended standing and strenuous activities for a period of time. Patients who undergo the closure procedure typically resume normal activities within a day.

The Benefits of VNUS Closure®

The benefits of the procedure over other techniques are believed to include reduced need for pain killers, the ability to resume normal activities within one to two days, and a good cosmetic outcome with minimal or no scarring, bruising or swelling.

The closure procedure is also covered by most health insurance companies. To make an appointment please call 08444 990 617 or or complete our online enquiry form on the top right of the page.

Understanding Venous Reflux Disease

The venous system is made up of a network of veins, including superficial veins - veins located close to the surface of the skin; deep veins - larger veins located deep in the leg; and perforator veins - veins that connect the superficial veins to the deep veins.

Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart. Venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased. As a result, vein valves will not close properly, leading to symptoms of varicose veins, pain, swollen limbs, leg heaviness and fatigue, skin changes and skin ulcers.

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At Spire Liverpool Hospital VNUS Closure is performed by vascular surgeons Professor Paul Edwards and Mr Rob Fisher.

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