Is laser vein treatment right for you?

February 13, 2017

They’re unsightly, and can become more and more uncomfortable over time, even leading to serious health complications. Nearly 40 percent of women have them, along with a quarter of men.

Like many health conditions, who ends up with varicose veins is partly a matter of genetic risk factors (they are hereditary, and occur more frequently in women) and partly of lifestyle. Long periods of standing (e.g., on the job), obesity, hormone levels and physical trauma can speed up the development of varicose veins and make them worse.

Varicose veins are often the cause of other leg symptoms, like aching or cramping, heaviness or tiredness, burning, tingling or throbbing sensations, or swelling or tenderness. If left unchecked, worsening varicose veins can lead to serious complications, including blood clots, ankle sores or skin ulcers, and bleeding.

Watertown Regional Medical Center (WRMC) offers laser vein treatment: a safe, non-invasive alternative to surgical stripping of large varicose veins. This highly effective procedure is performed in the office using guided ultrasound, laser energy and local anesthesia. It only takes about an hour, provides immediate relief of symptoms, and allows patients to return to normal activities immediately. The procedure has up to a 98 percent success rate. Varicose vein treatment is often covered by insurance when there is a medical need.

For those interested in learning more about the procedure, WRMC’s Vein Center is presenting an informative, no-obligation talk by laser vein expert Dr. Mark Bakalars. The casual, hour-long presentation will include a Q&A session and complimentary refreshments. The presentation will be held on Thursday, March 16th from 5:00pm to 6:00pm Lewis Station Winery, 217 N. Main Street in Lake Mills. The event is free, but registration is required. Register here or call 920-262-4671.

If you are interested in learning more but can’t attend, call the Vein Center at 920-262-4700 or learn more here