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FAQ

What is venous reflux disease?

Venous reflux disease, also known as venous insufficiency, is a medical condition affecting the circulation of blood in the lower extremities. The tiny valves that normally force blood up toward the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool in the leg and the veins to become swollen. This can cause heaviness, aching, and pain in the legs that worsens with prolonged standing. Venous reflux disease commonly produces varicose veins, ranging from small, thin purple lines just under the skin to thick, bulging veins that can protrude beyond the skin's surface. Varicose veins serve as indicators of venous reflux, a progressive disease that can cause significant circulatory problems if left untreated.

What is the VNUS Closurefast ® Procedure?

The FDA-approved Closurefast ® procedure is a vein ablation procedure performed in-office on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound, Dr. Makris positions the catheter into the diseased vein. Powered by radio-frequency, the catheter delivers heat to the vein wall. As the thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall shrinks and the vein is sealed closed. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins.

How does the VNUS Closure Procedure differ from Laser Vein Ablation (EVLT )?

At Makris MD Interventional Radiology Center, we offer both modalities which offer the same results. However, radiofrequency has been shown to be associated with less post-procedure pain and bruising.

Does my body need the treated veins to function properly?

Our bodies have superficial veins, veins located close to the surface of the skin; deep veins, larger veins located deep in the leg; and perforator veins, veins that connect the superficial veins to the deep veins. The Closure procedure treats venous disease in superficial veins, which are essentially expendable. Our bodies have whole networks of superficial veins, so losing an unhealthy vein is completely safe.

What is the recovery time?

Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the insertion site and additional compression may be provided to aid in healing. Most patients walk out of the office and are able to return to work and non-strenuous activities the next day. There may be slight soreness but most patients experience little pain.

Does Dr. Makris offer any other vein treatments?

Dr. Makris is experienced in all types of minimally invasive vein treatments, including laser ablation, microphlebectomy, sclerotherapy and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy.

Are vein treatments covered by insurance?

Most insurance carriers will cover the initial consultation, the diagnostic ultrasound exam and most of the treatment costs when varicose veins are symptomatic.Dr. Makris and his staff will work with your insurance carrier to get you pre-certified prior to any procedures.

What makes Makris MD Interventional Radiology Center unique?

Our experience. Over 11 years ago, Dr. Makris was one of the first doctors to train in minimally invasive vein treatment techniques and one of the first physicians in the Chicagoland area to practice venous ablation. He makes it a top priority to stay up-to-date with the latest technology and is one of few doctors in the area to offer the new VNUS Closurefast® procedure. All services are performed in-office on an outpatient-basis to help you avoid the hassle of the hospital and to allow you a safe, convenient environment that focuses on patient care.

To schedule a consultation, call Dr. Angelo N. Makris at 630.954.8346 or fill out our contact form.
Vein Trust Angelo N. Makris, MD
Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Oak Brook Promenade
3011 Butterfield Road, Suite 120
Oak Brook, IL 60523
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