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Venefit™ Targeted Endovenous Ablation procedure is durable at 5 years report Covidien and Dr Proebstle, Germany
Thursday, December 20, 2012


Covidien on December 20th, 2012 (today) reported durability of the Venefit Procedure (previously called VNUS Closure) in a 5-year outcome study.


The Closure Fast Study was conducted at eight centers in Europe from April 2006 to June 2007. The Venefit procedure, using the Closure Fast radio frequency ablation catheter, was used to treat 295 lower limbs in 225 patients diagnosed with superficial venous reflux, the underlying cause of varicose veins and [chronic venous insufficiecy].


Dr. Proebstle of Germany reported that "full occlusion of the treated vein was observed in 92 percent of patients versus 98 percent at one year. Also, 95 percent of the patients were free of pathological venous reflux as against 99 percent at one year".


Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian of the Vein Treatment Center performs the VNUS Closure Procedure - now called Venefit Procedure (new name).


Hratch Karamanoukian, MD FACS is a Board Certified Phlebologist (vein specialist). He also holds Board Certification in surgery (American Board of Surgery) and cardiovascular surgery (American Board of Thoracic Surgery. 

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