80 million Americans suffer from chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) or varicose veins. Venous insufficiency symptoms include outwardly bulging, ropy varicose veins, achy, itchy, or swollen legs after standing for prolonged periods of time, excessive spider veins, skin discoloration or ulcers. Family history or heredity, pregnancies and obesity play a major role in this condition. Many who suffer from venous insufficiency don’t have bulging varicose veins so they don’t realize there is a treatment for their symptoms.
Fifty percent of patients who seek treatment for varicose veins do it for cosmetic purposes alone. Many patients are not aware there is a simple procedure that can eliminate varicose veins or reduce venous insufficiency symptoms, they still believe that vein stripping is the gold standard with the lengthy, painful recovery process. The CoolTouch CTEV laser procedure offers the patient a simple outpatient procedure, which in most cases is covered by insurance.