Varicose vein:

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted,
and sometimes painful veins that have
filled with an abnormal collection of
blood.

LASER AND RADIOFREQUENCY
ABLATION FOR TREATMENT OF
VARICOSE VEIN
For patients with varicose veins, a
number of new less invasive
treatments are replacing a difficult
surgical procedure known as stripping
that was often the only solution in the
past.
Growing in popularity are lasers and
radiofrequency ablation to destroy
veins, which cost $2,500 to $3,000 per
procedure, compared with about
$1,200 to $1,500 for surgical stripping,


ASCLERA: INJECTION DRUG FOR
TREATING VARICOSE VEIN
Asclera, a vein injection drug, has
been approved by the F.D.A. in 2010
for treating varicose veins, widely used
in Europe, made by Chemische Fabrik
Kreussler & Co.
It costs about $250 to $500. But it is
used primarily for smaller spider veins
that appear on the face as well as the
legs, and for smaller reticular veins on
the legs, as opposed to larger
saphenous veins that can cause the
most significant problems for patients.

Asclera (polidocanol) is a sclerosing
agent indicated to treat uncomplicated
spider veins (varicose veins ≤1 mm in
diameter) and uncomplicated reticular
veins (varicose veins 1 to 3 mm in
diameter) in the lower extremity. It has
not been studied in larger varicose
veins > 3 mm in diameter.



OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
Vnus Closurefast by Vnus Medical
Technologies: radiofrequency vein
ablation with catheter;

Veinwave for spider veins on the legs
heat-sealing technique;

Endovenous laser ablation;


Ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy;

Microsclerotherapy;

LASP method;