What is Vein Disease?
It is estimated that 35-40 million adults in the USA suffer from treatable severe superficial lower extremity venous insufficiency (vein disease). Many of these patients may be unaware of their disease due to the varied and sometimes obscure clinical presentation.
Physicians and patients alike may also not be aware of the significant advances in the ultrasound diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of vein problems since the introduction of endovenous ablation in 2000.
Vein stripping has been replaced by LASER or Radiofrequency endovenous closure procedures, performed under only local anesthesia in the outpatient setting allowing patients to return to normal activity almost immediately afterwards with relief from their preoperative symptoms.