Varicose vein treatment is quick and effective

A varicose vein treatment that can be done in a doctor’s office in 15 minutes that really works—it may sound too good to be true, but the millions of people who suffer from the unsightly bulging veins in their legs will be glad to know it’s for real. The technique is called venus closure, or more specifically, the VNUS Closure procedure, and there are many doctors in the Los Angeles area who perform this quick and easy out-patient surgery that in most cases requires only a local anesthetic.

The veins are the blood vessels that return blood to the heart and lungs. When the veins and their valves are weak the blood pools, causing unsightly bulging blue veins. It’s estimated that two-thirds of women over the age of 60 have varicose veins, but millions of older men also suffer from them.

Varicose veins aren’t just unsightly, they can also be uncomfortable, causing swelling, aching, a feeling of heaviness and fatigue. In some women they can eventually cause blood clots, inflammation and skin ulcers. Varicose veins tend to run in families, but can also be caused by being overweight, sitting or standing for long periods of time, straining caused by constipation, and the hormonal changes that come with menopause.

In the VNUS Closure procedure, the doctor makes a very small incision into the bulging vein and then threads a catheter up the vein. Radio frequency waves in short bursts heat the vein and shrink or collapse it. The body quickly reroutes the venus blood through other veins. It takes a day or two to recover, and the treated vein is absorbed over time.

To locate a doctor in the Los Angeles area who does the VNUS Closure procedure, and for more detailed information on the treatment, please visit the VNUS website .

For more info: Medline Plus varicose veins info

Women’s Health.gov FAQs about varicose veins

Varicose vein treatment is quick and effective