IWythe County Community Hospital and Wythe Physician Practices – General Surgery uses Innovative Treatment for Patients with Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

April 5, 2017

Wythe County Community Hospital and Wythe Physician Practices – General Surgery announced today that the practice is using innovative techonology for the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency, a disease that impacts 190 million people globally (more than 30 million Americans.1,3). WCCH and Wythe Physician Practices – General Surgery is using minimally invasive treatment technologies, such as the ClosureFast™ system.

The ClosureFast™ system utilizes radiofrequency ablation (uniform heat) to seal off the problem vein so blood gets re-routed to another path. The unique procedure is proven effective in eliminating varicose veins and improving the appearance of the legs, allowing for a short, comfortable recovery and a quick return to everyday activities. CVI which can sometimes present as varicose veins, is a serious health issue. In fact, less than 10 percent of people seek treatment for varicose veins. Many people with varicose veins believe their condition to be a cosmetic issue. However, if left untreated, varicose veins can progress to CVI, a serious disease that can cause leg pain, swelling, restlessness, skin damage and ulcers.

“As a progressive disease, it is important for patients to evaluate treatment options that demonstrate long-term effectiveness of the procedure given the chance of reoccurrence,” said Dr. Christopher Downing, general surgeon. “Data published in the British Journal of Surgery found that CVI patients treated with the ClosureFast™ procedure had good success rates and minimal treatment side effects at five years.” With CVI and varicose veins, the valves in the leg veins that direct blood from the legs back toward the heart no longer function properly, causing blood to pool in the legs. Although this can occur at any time, increased age is a risk factor. Varicose veins and CVI also tend to be more prevalent in women who have been pregnant, in people who have a family history of CVI or those whose jobs require them to spend a great deal of time standing. Studies show that the ClosureFast™ procedure is associated with lower rates of pain, bruising and complications, and a faster improvement in patients’ quality of life when compared to 980 nm laser ablation.

The procedure will be conducted in an outpatient setting, and is covered by most health insurance. The average patient typically resumes normal activities within a few days following treatment and most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within one to two weeks after the procedure. For more information about treatment for CVI, visit: www.WCCHcares.com .