Treatments & Services

Veins have one-way valves which prevent blood from backing up into the legs when we stand or sit. When the valves become incompetent (or begin to have reflux), blood pools and causes an increase in pressure in the leg veins. This may contribute to varicose veins and causes symptoms of fatigue, heaviness, aching, burning, throbbing, itching, cramping, swelling and restlessness of the legs. Severe varicose veins can compromise the nutrition of the skin, leading to eczema, inflammation or even ulceration of the lower leg.

The primary predisposing factor for varicose veins is heredity. Other causes of varicose veins include aging, prolonged standing, obesity, leg injury or prior deep or superficial vein thrombosis. Women are more likely than men to suffer from varicose and spider veins and have a 50 percent chance of developing them in their lifetime. Varicose veins may result from increased hormone levels, blood volume and pressure from the enlarged uterus during pregnancy. While these generally improve after delivery, abnormal veins worsen with each successive pregnancy.

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At Emory, our physicians will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your varicose veins.

Lifestyle changes such as exercise, weight loss and leg elevation may help reduce the occurrence of varicose veins. Compression stockings often improve symptoms and reduce swelling, though they will not treat the underlying vein abnormality.

We offer Varicose Vein Ablation using two different technologies: Laser Treatment (EVLT) and Radiofrequency (VNUS Closure).


Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is an outpatient alternative to surgical stripping of the saphenous vein to treat varicose veins. After applying local anesthesia, a small catheter is inserted into the damaged vein to cauterize the vein, causing it to collapse and close. Afterwards, a bandage or compression stocking is placed on the treated leg.

In Endovenous laser treatment, a laser is advanced to the top of the abnormal vein under ultrasound guidance. The laser is then slowly withdrawn, delivering heat along the way to collapse and seal the damaged vein. 

VNUS closure is a similar procedure that uses electrical radiofrequency energy to heat and close the vein. As with the EVLT, a bandage or compression stocking is placed on the treated leg.
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Endovenous Laser Treatment Process
In Endovenous laser treatment, a laser is advanced to the top of the abnormal vein under ultrasound guidance. The laser is then slowly withdrawn, delivering heat along the way to collapse and seal the damaged vein.

Using local anesthesia, this outpatient surgical varicose vein treatment removes surface varicose veins through tiny punctures that typically leave nearly imperceptible marks. Following the procedure, a bandage and/or compression stocking is worn for a short period of time.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy

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Sclerotherapy involves injections through a tiny needle. A needle is used to inject the veins with a solution that irritates the vein lining, causing the veins to collapse and ultimately be reabsorbed so that they are no longer visible. Depending on the type and number of veins being treated, one to several sclerotherapy sessions may be needed.

Sclerotherapy causes only minimal discomfort. While bruising typically disappears within one to two weeks, any pigmentation that occurs can persist for several months before fading. Normal activities can be resumed immediately, though medically prescribed support hose may have to be worn for several days or up to several weeks to assist in resolution of the veins. Other complications such as scarring are rare.

Sclerotherapy

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The Lyra laser uses Extended Duration Pulse technology to target the vessel and coagulate the blood within the vessel.  These vessels will later dissolve. The Lyra Laser system quickly and safely removes spider veins, leaving skin looking clear. 

The IPL Treatment is used to improve the appearance of photoaged skin, remove age spots and redness caused by broken capillaries through a process called photorejuvenation for the face and body. This technology is also used for hair removal on all areas of the body. The process is ideal for patients with active lifestyles because the procedure requires no downtime and has a low risk of side effects.

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