Healthy Beginnings

Unsightly, But More Than Just Cosmetic?


Varicose veins are a common problem. More than 25 million people have varicose veins, according to the Vascular Disease Foundation. Many consider this condition cosmetic, but varicose veins can be a symptom of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Left untreated, venous disease can become worse. Patients who have varicose veins that are a result of CVI can have complications.

Signs and Symptoms of Possible CVI

CVI occurs when damage to the valves in the veins of the leg disrupt the normal flow of blood from the legs up to the heart. When the valves in the veins do not work properly, there is an increase in pressure of the blood in the leg. This can enlarge varicose veins and increase the chances of developing more severe symptoms.

You may want to consult a doctor if you experience the following:

  • Pain in the leg or calf after long periods of sitting or standing
  • Discolored skin around the veins on the legs or ankles
  • Skin ulcers that are slow-healing
  • Severe swelling in the legs and ankles
  • Thickening and hardening of skin on legs and ankles

Hope with the Venefit® Procedure

Venefit® is a minimally invasive segmental radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatment. Simply put, it closes o non-functioning veins to promote blood flow through the healthy, well-functioning veins. 
Ablation is a procedure in which a physician applies heat to the affected area, creating scar tissue. This keeps the vein that is not working properly closed so that a healthy vein can take over the blood flow. Venefit® uses RF energy to create the heat, which is applied through the ClosureFast catheter.

Benefits of the Venefit® Procedure

Venefit® is a quick outpatient procedure that does not require anesthesia. It usually takes a few minutes and is relatively painless with few complications. The technique is minimally invasive because it closes damaged veins through a single, small incision, about the equivalent to receiving a small IV injection.

About Dr. Phoenix

Wynter N. Phoenix, M.D., is board certified in general surgery. He earned his medical degree in 2007 from Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. He went on to complete his general surgical residency at University Medical Center, University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona. He has written several research papers and has received honors and awards.

Help is Right Here

Dr. Wynter Phoenix, of Northern Nevada Medical Group, located in Sparks, is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of CVI. He offers the Venefit® procedure at Northern Nevada Medical Center.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Phoenix, please call 775-356-4888. 
Information is provided for educational purposes only, and is not intended to constitute medical advice or to be relied upon for the treatment of any particular condition. If you have concerns or questions about specific symptoms that may affect your health, please contact your healthcare provider. 
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if Venefit® is right for you. Physicians are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Northern Nevada Medical Center. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.