New procedure trims treatment time for varicose veins – KTUU.com

Varicose veins afflict as many as 40 million Americans. (Kyle Stalder/KTUU-DT)

Varicose veins afflict as many as 40 million Americans. (Kyle Stalder/KTUU-DT)

by Lori Tipton
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — As many as 40 million Americans suffer from severe varicose veins, which cause pain, swelling and disfigurement of the legs.

Until recently, patients seeking treatment for varicose veins underwent what is called stripping. But there is a new catheter device that uses heat to treat varicose veins.

It’s a minimally invasive procedure and patients are able to walk out right after the surgery.

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