Like the VenaCure EVLT™ procedure, which uses a laser to ablate the varicose vein, VNUS RF treatment is an alternative to more invasive leg stripping surgery. It is used primarily to treat the great saphenous veins (GSV), small saphenous vein (SSV), and other superficial veins in the legs. Varicose veins that branch off from these blood vessels are treated with sclerotherapy or phlebectomy.
Approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration in 1999, the VNUS RF treatment procedure is performed under local anesthesia in a physician’s office, ambulatory surgical center or hospital. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately following the procedure, and are usually able to resume their normal activities within a day. The use of compression stockings is generally prescribed for a week or two.