San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) July 13, 2009
Bay Area Interventional Radiology announces the introduction of the VenaCure EVLT laser varicose veins treatment.
"Varicose veins are an issue for 25% of women as well as 15% of men," said Dr. Kok Chong of Bay Area Interventional Radiology, located at 815 Hyde Street, Suite 100A, San Francisco. "If they're not properly treated they can lead to greater problems. Fortunately for those who've backed away from the traditional method of treating varicose veins - called vein stripping - it is now being eclipsed by a new laser procedure called VenaCure EVLT."
If varicose veins are left untreated or are ignored as largely cosmetic problem spots, ulcers can result from long-term fluid buildup and the increased pressure of blood within affected veins. A brown colored spot on the skin usually appears before an ulcer forms. Blood clots, especially in less visible veins deeper in the leg, can also pose problems.
Doctor Juan Esteva of Bay Area Interventional Radiology said, "VenaCure EVLT takes less than an hour in our office. The patient has no need for a stay in the hospital. Problematic symptoms show near immediate relief. Patients find there is practically no scarring and no tedious recovery time, nor significant side effects. The procedure has a reported 98% success rate according to recent clinical evidence. It's the new standard of care."
Sean Morris, Senior Vice President of AngioDynamics' Peripheral Vascular Unit said, "Most think varicose veins result from standing too long, perhaps during work or exercise. Others believe they just develop as we get older. The truth is they're caused by a disease. It impacts the major leg vein called the greater saphenous vein and it can affect people as young as 20. We know that heredity is a key factor, as are gender and age."
Traditionally, suffering from varicose veins meant facing a painful procedure involving surgical tying and stripping of the diseased veins. It meant undergoing general anesthesia, making an incision in the groin, tying off and cutting the diseased vein, then stripping the vein out of the leg through an incision at the knee.
With VenaCure EVLT the physician uses a diode laser delivered by a pencil tip-size fiber-optic probe through a freckle-sized nick in the skin. A local anesthetic is used similar to what dentists apply to numb an area being treated. The process takes about 45 minutes with the patient able to walk out of the office with no post-operative scarring and recover over a matter of hours or days using over-the-counter pain relievers to minimize minor discomfort.
A recent review of 64 clinical studies of vein treatments published in The Journal of Vascular Surgery found endovenous laser therapy - such as VenaCure EVLT - was significantly more effective compared to stripping or other alternatives including foam therapy and radiofrequency ablation.
Bay Area Interventional Radiology also offers spider vein therapy with SotraDecol,™ an injected solution that treats these blemishes, providing a total vein center solution. For more information, see the details at http://www.VenaCure-EVLT.com and consult Bay Area Interventional Radiology.
About Bay Area Interventional Radiology
Bay Area Interventional Radiology is a leading vein center and specialist site for the VenaCure EVLT varicose veins treatment using next generation laser varicose vein surgery. Doctors Kok Chong and Juan Esteva also perform numerous other vein treatments like sclerotherapy for spider veins and microphlebectomy for small varicose veins to address the full spectrum of vein disease.
Their practice is a leading vein treatment center in the Bay Area. Doctors Chong and Esteva are board certified interventional radiologists having performed thousands of interventional procedures over the past 6 and 7 years respectively. Presently the doctors are members of the Society of Interventional Radiology, American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America. Interested patients can pursue a free consultation by calling (415) 315-9150.
Located in San Francisco, the practice is convenient to the greater northern California area and suburbs of San Francisco including: Oakland, San Mateo, Berkeley, Brisbane, San Bruno, Colma, Pacifica, Sausalito, Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, Broadmoor, and Daly City as well as East Bay, Alameda and Coastside Counties. More information is available at http://bit.ly/zZBcV.
AngioDynamics, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative medical devices used by interventional radiologists, surgeons and other physicians for the minimally invasive treatment of cancer and peripheral vascular disease. The Company's diverse product line includes market-leading radiofrequency ablation and irreversible electroporation resection systems, vascular access products, angiographic products and accessories, dialysis products, angioplasty products, drainage products, thrombolytic products, embolization products and venous products. More information is available at http://bit.ly/3ltKKV.
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Dr. Kok Chong and Dr. Juan Esteva
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