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Published on February 06, 2012

In the Flow: Minimally invasive outpatient treatments for tiny spider veins, painful varicose veins

Nazareth Hospital has launched a Vein Center to help restore proper blood flow in the lower extremities for patients with venous disease.

veinsVenous disease is a spectrum of disorders that ranges from small spider veins to painful varicose veins and active ulcers caused by long-term pooling of blood. Chronic venous insufficiency of the legs affects half of the U.S. population, although it’s more common in women.

“Venous insufficiency means that blood pools in the veins, which decreases blood flow from the legs to the heart,” says Joel Neuman, MD, interventional radiologist at Nazareth Hospital. “Venous disease is correctable by using effective, low-risk treatments available on an outpatient basis.”

At the Vein Center, interventional radiologists perform laser ablation (Endovenous Laser Treatment or EVLT) and chemical endovenous ablation (known as sclerotherapy) to treat varicose veins, spider veins and related problems. These procedures offer a quick recovery time, no scarring and rapid relief of symptoms.

“These treatments generally take about an hour, and patients can walk immediately afterward,” says Dr. Neuman. “The goal of treatment is to close down weakened veins so that blood flow is rerouted to healthy veins. This results in a significant decrease of symptoms as well as improved appearance of the leg.”

Get a Leg Up. For more information about Nazareth Hospital Vein Center, call 1.866.NAZARETH (866.629.2738).

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