VenaCure EVLT treatment to heal varicose veins available at UPHS – Bell

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ISHPEMING — If you’re one of five adult Americans who suffer from superficial venuous insufficiency, a disease that causes varicose veins and other symptoms to impact your quality of life, UPHS – Bell has a highly successful non-surgical treatment that has revolutionized the treatment of symptomatic varicose veins, replacing the stripping procedure with minimal-to-no downtime or scarring. The VenaCure EVLT laser system can treat the source of the varicose veins in less than one hour. 

Dr. Niksa Vlasic of UPHS – Bell has more than 20 years of experience in using lasers in treating vein therapy and was a part of the first 50 laser centers in the United States. He was trained by Dr. Robert Min and Dr. Neil Khilani at Cornell University — pioneers of vein laser therapy. UPHS – Bell has been offering complete vein therapy for the last five years.

Dr. Niksa Vlasic

When getting treated, the VenaCure EVLT procedure uses targeted laser energy to seal the vein shut and helps you look and feel better fast: 

  • Your doctor uses ultrasound to map out your vein.
  • Local anesthetic is applied.
  • A thin laser fiber is inserted through a tiny entry point.
  • Laser energy is delivered to seal the faulty vein.
  • Walking immediately after the procedure is encouraged. Normal daily activities can be resumed; just avoid rigorous activities such as gym workouts. 
  • There may be minor soreness and bruising 2-5 days after the procedure. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers as necessary. 
Treatment of varicose veins before and after.

The VenaCure EVLT treatment eliminates symptomatic varicose veins with no hospital stay or general anesthesia, minimal-to-no scarring, no lengthy recovery and minimal-to-no side effects. In less than an hour, patients can be free from bulging, twisted varicose veins and back to enjoying everyday activities. The procedure has more than a 95 percent success rate and is typically covered by all insurance providers. 

Varicose veins affects an estimated 40 percent of women and 25 percent of men. Over 40 million Americans suffer from symptomatic varicose vein disease. Factors leading to it include heredity, gender, pregnancy, age and other factors. Some contributors may speed up the development of this disease and make the veins worse, including prolonged standing, obesity, hormone levels and physical trauma. 

In addition to the visual appearance of the bulging veins, many patients may experience one or more of the following leg symptoms:

  • Pain (an aching or cramping feeling).
  • Heaviness/tiredness.
  • Burning or tingling sensations.
  • Swelling/throbbing.
  • Tender areas around the veins.

If treatment is delayed, symptoms may progress to more serious complications, including: inflammation, blood clots, hyperpigmentation, ankle sores or skin ulcers and bleeding.

More than half a million people have been treated with the VenaCure EVLT system worldwide, which has now become the standard of care in the US for the treatment of varicose veins. Our team at UPHS – Bell has over 20 years of experience in laser therapy of varicose vein disease. Please contact us at 906.485.2632 to reach the UPHS – Bell Vascular Vein Clinic/Department of Radiology.

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