Jefferson University Hospitals

Vein Closure Surgery

For painful and unattractive varicose veins, Jefferson vascular surgeons perform the Closure® procedure, a minimally invasive treatment.

Unlike open surgery to remove the vein (also known as vein stripping), the Closure procedure takes only about 45 minutes to complete and allows most patients to leave Jefferson within 2 to 3 hours after completion. Better still, it spares patients much postoperative pain and enables them to recuperate and resume work and normal activities faster.

What Does the Closure Procedure Involve?

Varicose veins are often caused in part by problems with valves in the saphenous vein, which runs from the ankle to the groin vein. The Closure procedure utilizes radiofrequency energy to close the saphenous vein. This eliminates the backward flow of blood known as venous reflux that causes veins to expand, along with leg swelling and discomfort.

Our vascular surgeons deliver the crucial radiofrequency energy into the vein via a slender catheter inserted through a single, small puncture near the knee and position it near the groin, then withdraw it slowly.