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Varicose Veins

For some people, varicose veins are simply eyesores, but for others, the condition leads to tired, achy or painful legs, blood clots, swelling and open sores. Gundersen offers procedures that can be done for both medical and cosmetic treatment of varicose veins and a milder form of varicose veins known as spider veins.

Sciton® ClearScan™ surface laser to treat spider veins

External laser emits specialized infrared light energy that passes through the skin and is preferentially absorbed by the unwanted blood vessels, causing them to overheat and rupture. The vessels then break up and disappear in the process of normal healing.

  • Best for minimizing or eliminating small varicose veins (spider veins) and other visible vascular lesions
  • May take 2-3 sessions for noticeable improvement—results vary by patient
  • Can resume most normal activity right away
  • Usually a cosmetic procedure not covered by insurance

EndoVenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) internal laser treatment

A thin catheter is inserted into the vein through a tiny skin incision. Laser energy is then delivered internally to the vein. The vein is heated and cauterized, closing it off. Blood in the faulty vein will be diverted to surrounding healthy veins to take over blood circulation, shrinking the varicose veins and improving their appearance.

  • Minimally invasive outpatient laser treatment
  • Targets medium-sized varicose veins
  • Clinical studies show a 98% initial success rate with excellent long-term results
  • Immediate relief of symptoms
  • Faulty vein looks better right away and continue to improve as you heal
  • Can resume most normal activity soon after the procedure
  • When performed for medical reasons, insurance generally covers this procedure.

Other treatment options

Depending on the severity of your varicose vein, Gundersen also offers:

  • Sclerotherapy to treats spider veins and small- to medium-sized varicose veins using multiple tiny injections of a sclerosing agent that promotes internal scarring to close up the faulty vein
  • Ambulatory phlebectomy or vein stripping in which varicose veins are removed through small incisions under local anesthesia
  • Radiofrequency ablation a procedure similar to EVLT but uses radiofrequency energy to heat up and close off the vein.
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