What is Venous Reflux Disease?

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

Treatments Used

Closure Procedure
The Closure procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound, Dr. Ranson will position the Closure Catheter into the diseased vein, through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter delivers radio-frequency (RF) energy into the vein wall.

As the RF energy is delivered and the catheter is withdrawn, the vein wall is heated causing the collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close.  Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to the other healthy veins.

Endovenous Transdermal Microfoam Ablation

Polidcanol foam is injected through a catheter or by direct injection into the malfunctioning vein. The foam fills and treats the desired section of the vein, and the diseased vein collapses and the foam is deactivated.  

No incisions, sedation or general anesthesia is required, and is effective to treat veins of different sizes above and below the knee. Only requires one or two needle sticks per treatment, and dissolves into the bloodstream, leaving no foreign substances in the vein.  

Resulting Benefits of
Dr. Ranson's Treatments

  • Experienced less post-operative pain and bruising
  • Resumed normal activities within one day
  • Returned to work more than a week earlier than vein stripping patients
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