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Venefit Venous Ablation

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins in the legs that are often raised above the skin and look like twisted bulging cords. Varicose veins occur when the valves in the veins that carry blood from the legs toward the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs. Patients can experience symptoms like leg pain/discomfort and heaviness in the legs.

If left untreated, varicose veins can progress to become a serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency. This can cause symptoms like leg swelling, skin damage and ulcers.  

Minimally Invasive Treatments

Dr. Traci Kruse, General Surgeon, Avera Medical Group, offers treatment for this condition. Today, there are a number of minimally invasive treatment options that are covered by many insurance plans. Treatments like compression stockings are often first prescribed to manage symptoms.

Dr. Kruse also offers Venefit, an endovenous thermal ablation treatment, to eliminate diseased veins and improve quality of life. This is a less invasive treatment method than vein stripping that was common in the past.

Endovenous Ablation: Venefit

Endovenous thermal ablation involves the insertion of a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into a diseased vein to seal it shut using heat. Once a leg vein is closed, blood flow is redirected to healthy veins. Over time the treated vein shrinks and is absorbed by the body.

The Venefit procedure can reduce leg pain and get patients back to doing the things they enjoy. The procedure allows for a quick, comfortable recovery while also improving the appearance of varicose veins. Usually patients can start their normal activities within a day or so after treatment.

For More Information

Call the Avera Medical Group at 507-537-9007 (or toll free at 877-337-9007) to make an appointment with Dr. Traci Kruse to learn if this treatment is right for you.