St. Elizabeth'sServices and Clinical CentersVascular Center

Vein Therapy Center

Approximately half of the population has some form of venous disease, and varicose veins affect about one out of two people age 50 and older. The St. Elizabeth’s Vein Therapy Center offers state-of-the-art laser treatment for varicose veins. Endovenous Laser Therapy, or EVLT, is used to treat chronic venous insufficiency by delivering laser energy to close diseased veins.

Previously, treatment of painful, swollen varicose veins required a surgical procedure called vein stripping, where the vein was completely removed from the leg. With EVLT, no surgery is required, and the entire procedure can be performed in less than one hour. A thin laser fiber is inserted into a vein in the thigh. The physician then delivers laser energy through the fiber and into the vein, causing the vein to close. Because there are many veins in the leg, the blood that would have flowed through the closed vein simply flows through other healthy veins after the laser therapy. Most people report little to no pain associated with EVLT. Often the only sensation is felt during the delivery of the anesthetic to the leg.

For cosmetic treatment of spider veins, patients come from as far away as Nairobi, England, Athens and Italy for the expertise and excellent results achieved by St. Elizabeth’s vascular experts.  St. Elizabeth’s vascular surgery team was one of the first in Boston to offer an injection treatment called compression sclerotherapy.

For more information on the treatment of varicose veins or other venous disease, call St. Elizabeth’s Vein Therapy Center at 617-789-2687.

For more information or an appointment, call 617-789-2687.


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