Legacy Vein Clinic in Mishawaka shows off new laser tool

Mishawaka, Ind. If you suffer from gnarly, twisted varicose veins you're not alone.

Forty percent of women and 25 percent of men suffer from what's called venous insufficiency, meaning veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart.

Any vein can become varicose but they most commonly occur in the legs and feet because of walking and standing.

For some people the problem is only cosmetic, but for others it can mean serious health concerns involving circulation.

Cathy Janeczko is visiting the Legacy Vein Clinic in Mishawaka for a procedure involving the most advanced laser treatment for varicose veins.

As the owner and operator of Milton Home Assisted Living in South Bend, Cathy is on her feet a lot.

“You feel a real tiredness and heaviness in your leg,” she explained.

Dr. Roland says doctors aren't sure why veins malfunction but think its related to heridity, pregnancy and hormonal changes.

Getting rid of unsightly and painful veins used to mean vein stripping surgery shown here in this animation. With incisions and cutting.

But Dr. Sandra Roland says a new laser called the Venacure 1470 has changed all that.

“It uses a high frequency wavelength so it specifically targets the water molecules,” said Dr. Roland. “You need then less energy to heat the vein and that causes less discomfort for the patient and less bruising.”

With no general anesthesia, just some pills to swallow, Cathy is ready to say goodbye to her varicose veins.

Many patients can have the treatment don the great saphenous vein that runs from the ankle to thigh {use animation here} done in one treatment, but because Cathy had her veins treated elsewhere years back, her treatment will be done in segments.

Using ultrasound Dr. Roland guides a needle into Cathy's vein

Once Dr. Roland knows she's in the right spot, she threads the laser into the sheath in Cathy's vein.

Tipping the table so the blood runs out of the vein while Dr. Roland works, more local anesthetic is added to numb the vein.

Sixty-eght seconds after the laser is activated...

Now on to the second segment of Cathy's vein and like the first area, Dr. Roland isn't expecting any problems.

Did it go as expected?

“Yes that went as expected,” the doctor said. “This is another branch that looks like it hasn't been treated before so it should go as expected.”

In all, Cathy is having two veins treated, but with one vein having three segments treated, she'll be making another visit to see to Roland.

In the meantime, what will recovery be like today?

She'll go home with a compression sock for three days and elevate her legs while sitting but other than that...

“We encourage the patients to walk immediately after the procedure so they can do their normal activities as soon as they get home.”

Cathy is now free of unsightly bulging veins and the discomfort that comes along with them.
We're happy to report she was back to work Monday, as expected, and says she felt no pain what-so-ever during the procedure or after.

And good news, most insurance companies will cover this procedure because varicose veins can lead to serious health problems.

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