Patient Testimonials

Patient Testimonials

Before Treatment:
She could not sleep at night. My legs were hot and she could hardly sit still as the only ease from Restless Leg Syndrome was to move her legs. The lack of comfort was a big deal and so she decided to see Dr. Lawrence Schmetterer.

After Treatment:
Soon as she got treatment, she immediately saw the results. More comfort, less pain and definitely more sleep. Had she not come in to see Dr. Lawrence Schmetterer, she may have been dealing with the symptoms for months to come.

The VNUS Closure Procedure

Venous reflux is the root cause of varicose veins, uncomfortable leg swelling, and even leg ulcers in Youngstown, Ohio and the surrounding areas.
Treatment has evolved greatly over the last two decades. The older procedure of vein stripping, in which the saphenous vein is surgically removed from
the leg, is no longer performed. A patient with venous reflux of the superficial veins, namely the greater or lesser saphenous veins, may be treated by a
procedure called ablation, which seals off the vein by heating it from within. Elimination of vein reflux can alleviate the symptoms of venous disease,
speed healing of venous stasis ulcers and eliminate visible varicose veins. The procedure is completed in our office under local anesthetic in under one
hour.

In this procedure, a small catheter is inserted into the problematic vein using ultrasound guidance. A local anesthetic solution (tumescent) is then
injected around the vein to be treated preventing heat injury to surround tissues and rendering the procedure painless. The catheter is then heated with
radiofrequency (microwave) energy, causing the vein to close off completely. The leg is then wrapped with a compression bandage which stays on for 3
days. A follow-up ultrasound is then completed and the patients resumes wearing compression stockings. Recovery time is fairly short, and most patients return to normal activity within two days.

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