The FactsVaricose veins affect an estimated 20 percent of women and 8 percent of men. Factors leading to varicose veins include heredity, gender, pregnancy, age, medication (hormone replacement therapy) and other causes. Some factors may speed up the development of this disease and make the veins worse, including prolonged standing, obesity, hormone levels and physical trauma.
The Good News
Thanks to advances in the use of medical lasers to treat varicose veins, most patients can now be treated on an outpatient basis without the pain, hospitalization, lengthy recovery and complications often associated with surgical "vein stripping".
Attila Csordas, M.D., chief of vascular and interventional radiology at Alegent Creighton Health Creighton University Medical Center came to Omaha in 2007, bringing with him years of experience in minimally invasive endovenous laser surgery.
- Is designed to be a 45-minute office procedure
- Has a high success rate
- Does not cause scarring
- Requires no hospitalization and has a low risk of complications
- Offers a fast return to normal activities (less than two hours)
- Is reimbursable by most health insurance plans
What to ExpectDr. Csordas uses ultrasound to map out your vein. Local anesthetic is applied and a thin laser fiber is inserted through a tiny entry point. Laser energy is delivered to seal the faulty vein. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately after the procedure. Normal daily activity can be resumed – just avoid rigorous activities such as gym workouts for a few days – and you will be required to wear surgical stockings for a period following the procedure. Patients should expect minor soreness and bruising; any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers.
HoursTuesdays and Fridays
1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.