The treatment of varicose veins with the steam method (VenoSteam™)

The treatment of varicose veins with the steam method (VenoSteam™) is an ambulatory, minimally-invasive technique developed by Dr. Rene Milleret which has been successfully used for a few years in Europe. Dr. Milleret is an innovator in the field of vascular surgery, having developed several modern vascular surgery techniques.

This technique is performed under ultrasound guidance and takes no more than 30-40 minutes. The patient remains under supervision in the clinic for 2-3 hours after which time he can return home and resume daily activities the next day.

Compared to laser or radiofrequency, methods which have been used for over 10 years for the ambulatory treatment of varicose veins and which have, in many cases, successfully replaced the classical stripping surgical methods (vein ripping), the steam method has clear advantages.

Advantages:

Minimally-invasive method: Varicose veins are obliterated (closed) by injecting the vein with a small amount of steam via a very flexible catheter that has a diameter of 1.2mm.

No scarring: This procedure leaves no scarring and presents no risk of developing the hematomas that can appear in traditional treatments in which the surgical (vein stripping) method is applied, nor does it incur the risk of burns, which can appear during some laser treatments.

Resume regular activities the same day:Patients treated with this method can resume normal activities the same day.

Safety: Compared with other two thermal methods used in Romania in the ambulatory treatment of varicose veins, namely laser or radiofrequency (VNUS), the threshold for overheating when using the steam method is very high, since the heat transfer process is very quick. When using the VNUS method (radiofrequency) heat is applied to a portion of 7 cm of the vein for 20 seconds, while when using the steam method (VenoSteam™) the same thing is accomplished within 1 second.

Versatility: Thermal methods that make use of lasers and VNUS (radiofrequency) are mainly used to obliterate (close) large saphenous veins. The treatment of large varicose veins, recurrent varicose veins, as well as, punctured veins is difficult to achieve using these methods, while the steam method (VenoSteam™) can treat virtually any type of varicose veins since the steam can reach the vein’s windings and those parts of the varicose veins where the catheter can’t reach. The treatment of collateral and truncal varicose veins can be achieved during the same session.