Some one in five adults suffer from superficial venous insufficiency.
Fortunately, there's a new medical practice in Williamsport that can zap varicose veins caused by the disease.
On Oct. 1, Dr. Suzan McGary opened the Susquehanna Valley Vein Center, 457 River Ave., Williamsport.
McGary, who for years practiced as a heart surgeon at Susquehanna Health, said she's excited about returning to the area to treat patients.
The VenaCure EVLT treatment is a non-surgical laser procedure that eliminates unsightly varicose veins.
"It's relatively painless. It takes about an hour," McGary said.
Susquehanna Valley Vein Center
457 River Ave.
Local anesthetic is applied and most patients can return to walking and most normal activities almost immediately.
The treatment results in minimal to no scarring, although there may be minor soreness and bruising two to five days afterwards.
While many want to rid themselves of varicose veins for cosmetic purposes, there exist sound medical reasons for eliminating them as well.
Healthy veins have tiny valves that open to bring blood flow to the heart and close to prevent blood from flowing backward. When the valves malfunction, they cause blood to pool in the veins, resulting in a buildup of pressure and leading to varicose veins.
People with varicose veins often experience symptoms that can include pain, tiredness, swelling, blood clots, ankle sores, inflammation, and bleeding.
Women are more likely than men to be affected by varicose veins.
Among the factors leading to varicose veins are heredity, prolonged standing, obesity, smoking, and pregnancy.
"I think it's important for everyone to know there's an option," McGary said.
Many patients require follow-up treatments.
Venous insufficiency is covered by insurance.
More information is at www.SusqVeins.com.
The phone number is 326-1100.