For many, they're a cosmetic concern. For others, they can lead to dangerous health issues like circulatory problems, blood clots, and ulcers. Caused by faulty valves that lead to blood pooling in the legs, varicose veins affect up to 25-percent of women and up to 10 percent of men.
Varicose veins, they can be ugly, painful, or both. "It does run in my family," says Linda Grim.
For twelve years, Grim had persistent swelling and was on her way to inheriting the unwanted heirlooms. "At one point my right foot had at least a full shoe size different than my left foot."
Methodist Hospital's Doctor Eric Peden says this minimally invasive ablation procedure is becoming the new standard for many doctors. "For me this is my preferred treatment.
It's the Vena-Cure 14-70. Linda's having it done right now. "That white we see is basically treating the vein and burning the vein wall."
Causing varicose veins to collapse on themselves and vanish. Doctor Peden says there are similar catheter procedures, but with vena-cure. "…the tip is covered so it doesn't stick to the vein wall. It should lead to less damage to the surrounding tissues, which means less discomfort for her afterwards and less bruising."
Vena-Cure patients have seen their varicose veins go from this to this. Linda hopes the 25-minute treatment cures her constant swelling. In the meantime, she's walking out of the doctor's office pain-free. "I don't really feel any pain right now."
…and varicose vein free.
The doctor says just about everyone with varicose veins can be treated with it. He tells us the procedure is covered by insurance if a patient is symptomatic and hasn't responded to other conservative treatments