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December 2011 Newsletter

Is the VenaCure EVLT® Procedure the Right Choice for Me?

Varicose veins are a common problem, generally appearing as twisting, bulging rope-like cords on the legs, anywhere from groin to ankle. Many people dislike their varicose veins because of their unsightly nature, but it's important to understand that varicose veins can be more than a cosmetic issue.

Varicose veins occur when the valves in veins malfunction. The valve may be unable to close, allowing blood that should be moving toward the heart to flow backward (called venous reflux). Blood collects in your lower veins causing them to enlarge and become varicose. This can be a serious medical issue.

The VenaCure EVLT procedure uses a minimally invasive endovenous laser to treat varicose veins and is a clinically proven alternative to traditional and painful ligation and stripping surgery. It requires no general anesthesia, offers a shorter recovery time, and has minimal-to-no scarring or side effects. How do you know if it's the right choice for you, read our tips below.

What are the symptoms of vein disease?
In addition to the visual appearance, many patients may experience one or more of the following leg symptoms:

  • Pain (an aching or cramping feeling)
  • Heaviness/Tiredness
  • Burning or tingling sensations
  • Swelling/Throbbing
  • Tender areas around the veins

What should I expect during a varicose vein screening?
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it's time to have your varicose veins assessed by a vein specialist. A typical assessment starts with a physical examination where the vein specialist will inquire about health history, examine your veins and in most cases, use a hand-held Doppler assessment tool. From there, the vein specialist will determine the need for further investigation and usually provide you with information about treatment options. Most practices offer free varicose vein screening clinics, so find a vein specialist in your area today.

Tips for your varicose vein screening
It's important to feel comfortable with your physician and their knowledge. A list of suggested questions to ask during your screening can be found on our website. Take the time to familiarize yourself with possible treatment options prior to your appointment. Your doctor will help you determine if the VenaCure EVLT procedure is the correct choice for you.
Remember, a vein screening is an important part of your health care.

VenaCure EVLT System Makes Headlines

The VenaCure EVLT procedure was recently featured on NBC. View it now for details on how the FDA- cleared VenaCure EVLT procedure is being used to treat varicose veins and allowing patients a faster recovery with minimal-to-no scarring or downtime.

Men’s Health
Men’s Health delves into varicose veins from a male perspective in an article titled 'The Grandma Disease that Strikes Young Men'. Learn how varicose veins can impact you and how doctors are using lasers, such as the VenaCure EVLT procedure, to seal shut varicose veins.