Endovenous laser ablation is the gold standard for getting rid of unsightly or painful varicose veins. The procedure is safe and its success rate of 98% is higher than most other methods for eliminating varicose veins. Gary E. Lane, MD, FACS, at Pueblo Vein Center in Pueblo, Colorado, has extensive experience performing endovenous laser ablation on-site. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

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In normal veins, tiny one-way valves direct the flow of blood. In some people, these valves may malfunction.
When they do, blood leaks backwards where it pools and pressure builds. Weakened and damaged by this process, the veins become enlarged, twisted, and rope-like—visible near the surface most commonly in the legs and ankles.

Several risk factors contribute to vein disease and malfunctioning valves, including aging and genetics (if you have a family member with varicose veins, you’re more likely to develop them yourself). Pregnancy or even a job that requires you to be on your feet can also lead to varicose veins.1

Did you know?

According to the Society for Vascular Surgery: “Varicose veins can occur in almost anyone and affect up to 40% of people in the United States. You may inherit a tendency to develop varicose veins from a parent. Women, women who have had multiple children, and obese persons are at a higher risk.2

Common symptoms

The first physical symptom of varicose veins is usually their appearance. As the disease progresses, though, other symptoms occur. These include:

  • Heavy, tired, and achy legs, with symptoms worsening during prolonged periods of sitting or standing.
  • Painful swelling as well as tenderness around the bulging veins.
  • Muscle cramping, sometimes accompanied by a burning feeling in the lower legs.1

Unless the underlying cause of varicose veins is treated, over time they will usually enlarge and worsen.


If you have varicose veins, you probably know what they look like. But varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic concern: they have the potential to develop into a serious medical issue.

With blood flow compromised, skin conditions can result—from intense itching to ulceration. Vein rupture and bleeding can occur, as well as blood clots. As a sign of chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins demand your attention.


Restore Healthy Blood Flow

Find relief by closing diseased veins.

The VENCLOSE System is the latest, heat-based treatment option for chronic venous insufficiency:

  • Minimally invasive, outpatient procedure
  • Smaller catheter entry site
  • Proven technology

The VENCLOSE Procedure

Your doctor will insert a small catheter into the diseased vein.

The catheter will deliver heat, causing the diseased vein to shrink and close.

The catheter is slowly withdrawn to treat the entire diseased vein.

  1. Overview V. Varicose veins: Overview. Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279247/. Published 2019. Accessed May 30, 2019.
  2. Chronic Venous Insufficiency | Society for Vascular Surgery. Vascular.org. https://vascular.org/patient-resources/vascular-conditions/chronic-venous-insufficiency. Published 2019. Accessed June 2, 2019.