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What Varicose Veins Treatments Are Available?

Choosing between all of the varicose vein treatment options currently available can be a difficult decision. “What are the risks? Is varicose vein treatment painful? Are there complications I should know about?” These are just a few of the many questions I hear from my patients in Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe.


Using this technique, the physician injects the patient’s varicose vein(s) directly with a solution that causes the vein to collapse and turn into scar tissue. Varicose veins may take as long as 3-4 months to respond to this form of treatment. Oftentimes, larger veins may be lumpy and hard for several months before disappearing.

Endovenous Ablation

In this procedure, the physician uses temperatures of 700 ºC or more to bring the blood to a boil, causing a steam bubble inside the vein walls that destroys the vein. This form of varicose vein treatment can be dangerous and lead to further complications. (Compare this method to Venefit, below.)

Vein Stripping

Vein stripping is a method for treating varicose veins that is typically performed in either an operating room or outpatient facility under general or regional anesthesia. During this procedure, the surgeon closes off the vein and then removes it from the leg through multiple incisions. This procedure can be quite painful and carries all of the same risks and complications that are associated with general surgery.


Venefit is a new way of treating varicose veins. There’s no general anesthesia, vein stripping, or surgery involved! In the outpatient Venefit procedure, the physician inserts a catheter just below the knee. The catheter is guided to the damaged vein, assisted by ultrasound imaging. Using 20-second bursts of radiofrequency energy, the damaged vessel shrinks up and is absorbed into the leg as scar tissue. Most patients return to their daily lives the next day or day after!

Learn more about the Venefit procedure, a revolutionary form of treatment for varicose veins available in Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.



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