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Varicose Vein Treatment Easier Than Ever

New Britain [March 08 2006] - New Britain General Hospital will host a free talk March 21 on the treatment of varicose veins. The talk, “It’s Not in Vein,” will feature Alfred Gladstone, MD, Medical Director of the Vein Center of Central Connecticut.

The lecture is the first in the Hospital’s Spring Health Wisdom Lecture Series and will take place in the hospital cafeteria on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at 6:15. The talk is free, but registration is encouraged.

Varicose veins are not only unsightly and painful, they can cause a host of health problems. Dr. Gladstone will give an overview of the latest treatments for varicose veins, including non-surgical laser procedures.

Among the state-of-the-art therapy for varicose veins is a procedure called endovenous ablation. Endovenous (meaning inside the vein) ablation is a minimally-invasive procedure whereby a thin catheter is guided through the vein where radiofrequency energy is applied and seals the vein.

The benefits of this procedure over previously-used surgical “stripping” are many. It is a more effective treatment, with a 95 to 98 percent success rate and a low recurrence rate. It is an in-office treatment that requires only local anesthetic and takes less than an hour. The patient can walk out of the office and resume normal activities immediately with little or no pain.

“It’s a wonderful way of making people feel better,” says Dr. Gladstone. “Many people have deferred treatment of varicose veins because of the seriousness of the surgical procedure traditionally used.”

Dr. Gladstone will discuss the background of varicose veins — What exactly is a varicose vein? Who develops them and why? How are these problems diagnosed? What treatments are available for varicose and spider veins? Although insurance does not cover treatment of spider veins, varicose vein treatment is usually judged a medically-necessary treatment and all consultations and treatments will be covered by most insurances.

The lecture is free, but registration is encouraged. Please call 1-888-224-4440 to reserve your seat.

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