SOMC Offering Less Invasive Varicose Vein TreatmentPosted on October 10, 2008

SOMC surgeon Dr. Henry Childers is now providing a new approach in varicose vein treatment, using radio waves in a tube to shrink and close the diseased veins in a less invasive procedure. The tube is inserted (left), radio waves are emitted (center) to collapse the vein and the tube is removed (right).

Southern Ohio Medical Center has announced that Dr. Henry Childers is now performing a procedure that treats the underlying cause of painful varicose veins.

Dr. Childers is one of the first physicians in the area to use the VNUS ClosureFAST catheter, a tube that uses radio waves to heat, shrink and close diseased large leg veins in approximately three minutes of RF treatment.

The entire ClosureFAST procedure, from insertion of the catheter to removal, generally takes less than 20 minutes with little pain or bruising for the patient, Dr. Childers said.

“Patients are very happy with this treatment approach and we’re very pleased to be able to bring it to our community,” Dr. Childers said. “Patients nationally who have had this procedure are amazed at how quickly the procedure is completed and how little discomfort they feel, and they’re pleased to be able to walk out after the procedure and resume normal activities the next day. The treatment outcomes are normally excellent – the procedure is successful in closing the vein, and their quality of life improves quickly.”

The ClosureFAST catheter received FDA clearance in August 2006, providing a treatment alternative for the nearly 25 million Americans who have varicose veins, many of whom suffer from pain, swelling, fatigue and disfigurement. The catheter is threaded into the diseased saphenous vein through a small puncture, and RF energy is transmitted to the device to heat and seal the diseased vein walls, forcing the body to re-route blood flow through healthier leg veins.

“Family history, pregnancy, excess weight and professions requiring extended standing are all risk factors for varicose vein disease, and the majority of patients are women,” Dr. Childers said. “We’re gratified to be able to offer this fast procedure as an outstanding alternative to traditional surgery for the many patients who have suffered from this disease.”

Dr. Childers joined SOMC as part of the expansion of Heart and Vascular Services in preparation for the arrival of open heart surgery at the hospital later this year. He came to Portsmouth following a successful surgical practice in Greensburg, PA.

A member of SOMC Cardiology Associates, Dr. Childers can be reached at 1735 27th St., Waller Building Suite 207, Portsmouth. Telephone (740) 356-8772 for more information.

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