Who may require Endovenous ClariVein™ Treatment?
Endovenous ClariVein™ treatment is required to eliminate defective superficial veins (Varicose Veins), forcing blood to return to the heart through the normal deep venous system.
What causes varicose veins?
Nearly 70% of all women and 30% of men will develop some type of venous disorder due to insufficient blood circulation. Although the exact cause is unknown, there are many that contribute to the weakening of the vein walls, including:
- Hormonal factors
- Being overweight
- Standing or sitting for long periods of time
Heredity is the number one contributing factor causing varicose and spider veins. Women are more likely to suffer from abnormal leg veins. Hormonal factors, including puberty, pregnancy, menopause, the use of birth control pills, estrogen, and progesterone, affect the disease. It is very common for pregnant women to develop varicose veins during the first trimester. Pregnancy causes increases in hormone levels and blood volume which, in turn, cause veins to enlarge. In addition, the enlarged uterus causes increased pressure on the veins. Varicose veins due to pregnancy often improve within three months after delivery. However, with successive pregnancies, abnormal veins are more likely to remain. Other predisposing factors include aging, standing occupations, obesity, and leg injury.
How do we diagnose varicose veins and venous deficiency?
At Bellavue Medical Vein & Laser Institute, You will then undergo a personal consultation with Dr. Rafael Mirchou. Upon coming to our office, you will begin by filling out a confidential patient venous questionnaire.
Dr. Mirchou will review your venous questionnaire with you and focus on the most important findings and symptoms. You will then undergo a venous physical examination to map out all your varicose and spider veins. Dr. Mirchou will then perform a venous ultrasound to examine your superficial and deep venous system and then review with you the results and your different treatment options.
Endovenous ClariVein™ Treatment (EVLT)
What Is Endovenous ClariVein™ Treatment?
The ClariVein™ system is a catheter delivery system utilizing dual mechanisms of treatment for the target vein comprised of mechanicochemical ablation (MOCA™). The MOCA™ system works under the principle of dual injury. Using ultrasound guidance, the MOCA™ catheter is positioned near the saphenofemoral junction or saphenopopliteal junction, and a rotating catheter tip induces mechanical agitation of the endothelium. The sclerosant is then infused during catheter pullback, resulting in venous infusion. Unlike endovenous laser or radiofrequency ablation, MOCA™ does not require placement of tumescent anesthesia. Short-term vein closure rates using MOCA™ are similar to those of Endovenous laser or radiofrequency ablation.
The key benefits of ClariVein™ (MOCA™):
MOCA™ varicose vein treatment using the ClariVein™ catheter has many advantages over existing techniques, including:
- Effective and safe technique with no pain
- Minimal discomfort and negligible bruising
- No risk of thermal (heat) damage as there would be from techniques such as laser or radiofrequency ablation
- No risk of nerve or skin damage
- No multiple needle stick injuries (no tumescent anaesthetic is required)
- No internal leg pressure
- Rapid return to normal activities
Compared to other similar techniques pain levels, discomfort and bruising are greatly reducing during and after the procedure. This is due to the way that
ClariVein™ works, i.e. it disrupts the lining of the vein (the endothelia), allowing the highly effective use of a drug in order to close the vein.
Thermal techniques, such as laser or radiofrequency, use heat to destroy the vein and, as a result, cause severe trauma and, hence, much of the pain and bruising associated with these techniques.
Zero Risk of Thermal Injury
ClariVein™ generates no heat. Therefore, there is no risk of thermal injury, contrary to other techniques. As a result, there is no risk of nerve injury with ClariVein™, which in turn reduces the risks associated with the procedure.
It’s an office-based procedure and normal daily activities can immediately be resumed.