ClariVein: Vein Removal in Houston
While Laser and VNUS Closure procedures are classified as thermal ablation procedures, because heat is used to close the abnormal veins, there is a newer class of procedures referred to as mechanical ablations. ClariVein falls into this class of procedures. Although ClariVein is FDA-approved, most private insurance carriers state in their policy on treatment of veins, that they consider it experimental, and therefore, it’s not a covered benefit. There is a popular misconception that it is covered by Medicare, but Medicare does not a have specific code for this procedure.
As with most treatments, there are inevitable drawbacks. The reported long-term results with ClariVein are inferior to both Laser and VNUS Closure. With that said, ClariVein is another option for treating veins.
The Non-Thermal Method
ClariVein procedures are performed in an office setting. The patient is awake, during these procedures, and local anesthesia is used to deaden the area. Because the ClariVein system does not use heat to close the vein less local anesthesia is required. This means fewer injections, and may be beneficial for patients who have problems with needles and injections. This is the best reason to go with ClariVein and makes the ClariVein system a welcome addition to your physician’s toolbox. It is an alternative to thermal methods.
Call Texas Vein & Cosmetic Specialists today to schedule your initial evaluation.