Sibley hospital is proud to offer the VNUS® Closure® procedure as well as other minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of varicose veins.
Healthy veins return blood to the heart in a one–way flow. This flow is maintained by a system of valves that keep the blood flowing in one direction. When these valves fail or leak due to damage or disease, blood is allowed to flow backwards or pool in the veins causing varicose veins.
Symptoms of varicose veins may include pain, fatigue, burning, swelling, cramping and throbbing. Varicose veins may appear as spider veins or can become very large and rope like.
Since these valves cannot be repaired, the only way to treat varicose veins is to redirect the blood flow through healthy veins. In the past, the only way to do this was to surgically remove or "strip" the veins. The VNUS® Closure®procedure closes off these abnormal veins instead of actually removing them. Once the damaged vein has been closed, the body will redirect blood through other healthy veins.
Treatment of less severe varicose veins or "spider veins" can be performed in a procedure called "sclerotherapy". This procedure involves the injection of a solution called a sclerosant into the veins to close them off.
The VNUS procedure and sclerotherapy procedures are performed on an out-patient basis by Dr. Christopher Rothstein, one of our interventional radiologists. It offers far less invasive options for the treatment of varicose veins. Patients are able to walk immediately after the procedure and usually have dramatic relief of symptoms within days.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rothstein and learn more about these procedures, please call 202-537-4795.