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Overview

Getting relief from your varicose veins isn’t limited to cumbersome over-the-counter compression stockings or painfully invasive surgery. You have a number of options that you can discuss with your doctor. Your options generally fall into one of two categories: thermal or non-thermal.

Thermal treatments include radiofrequency (RF) and endovenous laser therapy (EVLT). Both are minimally-invasive procedures that have been used for more than a decade. A catheter or fiber is inserted into the malfunctioning vein, then heat is used to close it off (also known as ablation). Recent clinical data shows the success rate for VenaCure EVLT treatment is 98%1.

Non-thermal treatments, such as adhesives and microfoams, are more recent developments in the area of varicose vein treatment. These, too, involve inserting a catheter into the malfunctioning vein. Because non-thermal treatments are newer technologies, their long-term success rates are not yet known or documented.

Self-assessment quiz

Is laser therapy with the VenaCure EVLT system right for you? Take this short quiz.

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Question #1

Have you or anyone in your family previously been diagnosed with varicose veins or venous reflux disease?
Varicose veins might affect up to 40 percent of people in the U.S., according to the Society for Vascular Surgery. Women are at greater risk, but they occur in men, too.2

Question #3

Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms in your legs, ankles, or feet?
  • Pain (an aching or cramping feeling)
  • Heaviness/tiredness
  • Burning or tingling sensations
  • Swelling
  • Tender areas around the veins
  • Sores or skin ulcers near ankle3

Question #2

Do you have varicose veins which exhibit any of the following characteristics?
  • Large, bulging veins on your legs
  • Swollen, red or warm to the touch
  • Skin discoloration or texture changes3

Question #4

Have you previously had skin ulcers on the leg (or areas that were slow to heal)?
As vein disease progresses, varicose veins can cause a change in skin color (known as stasis pigmentation), dry and thinning skin, inflammation of the skin, open sores, and bleeding3.

Question #5

Have you previously attempted any of these conservative treatments without success?
  • Exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Elevating legs
  • Avoiding long periods of standing/sitting
  • Compression stockings

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for laser therapy with the VenaCure EVLT system. Talk with your doctor or use the Find a Vein Center link on this website to find a varicose vein treatment specialist near you.

Questions to ask your doctor

Here are some questions to get the conversation started about treating your varicose veins.
  • What is causing my symptoms?
  • What kind of tests do you recommend and why?
  • What self-care steps can I take to treat my condition conservatively?
  • If those don’t work, what is the best course of action for me?
  • What alternatives to that approach are available?
  • I have other health issues. How can I best manage them with my varicose or spider veins?
  • Are there any restrictions that I should follow?
  • Do you recommend that I see a specialist?
  • How many laser procedures do you perform each year?
  • Of that total, what percentage are with the VenaCure EVLT system?
  • What has been your experience using the VenaCure EVLT system in patients?