New, Minimally Invasive Vein Treatments are Now Available in Northern Michigan

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Over 30 million Americans suffer from varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. Dr. Heeringa is the first physician in Northern Michigan to offer three new, less invasive, treatments for treating these patients. These treatments do not use heat energy to close diseased veins and therefore do not require multiple needle sticks as more traditional treatments do.

Dr. Heeringa at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists is the first physician in Northern Michigan to provide patients with three new, less invasive treatment options for varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. These new techniques include VenaSeal®, Varithena® and Clarivein®. All of these new treatment methods are non-tumescent, non-thermal techniques. This means, that unlike laser or radiofrequency, they do not use heat to close off diseased veins and thus negate the need for multiple needle sticks to deliver local anesthesia. All three of these techniques are FDA approved and covered by Medicare as well as by many commercial insurances.

VenaSeal® is the only method available for treating incompetence of the great saphenous vein (GSV) that is FDA approved for use without the need for prescription stockings. This involves using cyanoacrylate glue to seal diseased veins shut.

Varithena® (polidocanol injectable foam), is a prescription medicine used to treat varicose veins caused by problems with the great saphenous vein (GSV) and other related veins in the leg’s GSV system. Varithena® has been shown to improve the symptoms of heaviness, achiness, swelling, throbbing and itching (HASTITM symptoms) related to or caused by varicose veins and the appearance of varicose veins.

The Clarivein® catheter combines mechanical and chemical ablation techniques to successfully close incompetent veins without the need for tumescent anesthesia. This combination of mechanical and chemical damage works synergistically better than either technique alone. Clarivein typically takes 20 minutes or less and patients usually report only feeling a vibrating sensation.

Dr. Heeringa has been specially trained in each of these techniques, all which usually takes less than 1 hour and are done in the office setting. Patients may resume normal, light activities as quickly as the same day of treatment.

For further information, please contact Dr. Heeringa at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists, 880 Munson Ave, Suite A, Traverse City, Michigan 49686. Phone 231-946-1488 Fax 231-946-1489. Additional information can also be found on our website at

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