Alaska Vein Clinic



Safe and reliable treatment for venous insufficiency.

What is the ClosureFast™ procedure?

The ClosureFast™ procedure, also known as endovenous radiofrequency ablation, is a minimally invasive procedure in which radiofrequency (RF) energy is used to close a defective vein.

How is ClosureFast™ different from a Laser procedure?

The ClosureFast™ procedure is performed identically to a laser vein treatment (EVLT).  However, the laser uses pinpoint light energy and requires a continuous pull back while energy is being delivered.   The ClosureFast™ procedure uses radiofrequency energy and is performed segmentally and is not pulled back while energy is being delivered. (scroll down to see video)

Why does Dr. Artwohl prefer the ClosureFast™ procedure?

Dr. Artwohl prefers the ClosureFast™ procedure because in his experience, patients who undergo radiofrequency vein treatment have less pain in the immediate post-operative than those who undergo laser vein treatment.  His experience has been confirmed by clinical studies,  (see articles below). In the past, Dr. Artwohl employed both laser and the ClosureFast™ at the Alaska Vein Clinic, but now he exclusively uses the ClosureFast™ system for thermal ablation.  He has treated more Alaskans with this system than any other provider.

Is the ClosureFast™ more expensive than the Laser procedure?

ClosureFast™ and Laser procedures are comparably priced and both are covered by private insurance, Tricare, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Does the Alaska Vein Clinic use reprocessed ClosureFast™ catheters?

No.  All equipment used at the Alaska Vein Clinic is used once per patient direct from the factory and is then discarded.  Dr. Artwohl does not use reprocessed catheters and does not resell his used catheters to reprocessing centers.

>Note:  ClosureFast™ technology was invented by the VNUS Corporation.  VNUS was acquired by Covidien, who marketed the ClosureFast™ procedure under the Venefit™ brand name.  Covidien was recently acquired by Medtronic, the world’s largest standalone medical technology development company.  Medtronic has decided to go back to the original name of ClosureFast™.  You may see both ClosureFast™ and Venefit™ names used for a while, but each name refers to the same procedure.

Learn about the ClosureFAST procedure.

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Dr. Artwohl performs all procedures at the Alaska Vein Clinic.

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Several studies have shown that radiofrequency ablation is less painful than laser ablation.

This video compares ClosureFast radiofrequency (RF) to Laser.  The RF treatment is on top and the laser treatment is on the bottom.  Notice the smooth even distribution of energy delivery by the RF technique and the jagged uneven energy delivery of the laser technique.
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