May 19, 2005 07:15 ET Presents: Minimally Invasive Procedure to Treat Varicose Veins Results in Less Swelling, Bruising and Minimal Pain

See VNUS® Closure® Procedure Performed in a Live Webcast Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 4 pm CDT, (21:00 UTC)

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 19, 2005 -- The return of warm summer months can be a dreadful time for women who are embarrassed to wear shorts or short skirts due to unsightly, twisted and swollen varicose veins. Varicose vein sufferers can now proudly show off their legs thanks to a minimally invasive procedure at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) that removes varicose veins with little to no pain, bruising, or swelling.

Varicose veins will not disappear on their own. They are a symptom of diseased and damaged valves that allow blood to flow backward in the saphenous vein and pool in the legs. In addition to the unattractive skin discoloration and bulging, the swollen veins can cause pain, severe fatigue and leg cramps. Since the valves can't be repaired, the only alternative is to eliminate the diseased vein and re-route the blood flow through deeper healthy veins.

The older treatment technique involved manually pulling out the saphenous vein. Patients suffered a lengthy, painful recovery period. The newer VNUS® Closure® procedure delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall, causing it to collapse and seal shut. Patients see results right away and the recovery is much shorter.

"Those with traditional vein stripping would be on bed rest for one to two weeks with heavy bandages to prevent swelling, pain and bruising. With the Closure procedure, patients go home the same day and are typically back at work in a few days," said Dr. Chad Jacobs, vascular surgeon at Rush.

The procedure is performed without an incision. Using ultrasound guidance, a thin wire is inserted into the saphenous vein. A radiofrequency probe is advanced along the wire. As the probe comes into contact with the vein wall, it creates heat causing the vein to shrivel. As the device is withdrawn, it ablates the swollen vein, completely destroying it.

"Patients have reported feeling little, if any, pain during the procedure and there is basically no recovery period," said Dr. Walter McCarthy, section chief of vascular surgery at Rush.

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