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Prior Vein Treatment and now recurrence? 

You may be surprised about recurrence of varicose veins after prior successful surgery and wonder what options if any you may have.  Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a condition that often leads to new pathology even after a perfectly successful intervention.  We have found in patient who have had prior surgical stripping to see amazing results with Varithena vs. other more complex treatments we offer.  Simply put, prior surgical stripping candidates are excellent candidates for Varithena due to its reach where other treatments fail.


Image of Varithena being delivered by catheter for patient with venous leg ulcer. Single treatment was able to achieve 100% ulcer closure.

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Prior surgical stripping subject with two incompetent perforators and extensive complexity deep to the surface of the skin.

This catheter based treatment has indications for managing saphenous incompetence and varicose veins along the great saphenous vein distribution.  Patients who have had prior surgical stripping, e.g. formerly 25% of our practice, see amazing results and durable results in a little as one session.  Although this is not always the case, we have a tremendous amount of experience with Varithena.  We have followed patients for over three years who have not seen emergence of any new varicosities and ultrasound suggests no pathology will be forthcoming in the near term.

There are special groups of patients we see including those with bleeding, blood clots, superficial and deep, venous leg ulcers, and those with prior surgical intervention.  Given the complexity of the prior surgical patient, in our experience we have more most favorably impressed with the reports patients are sharing and the mere fact that we are finding no additional treatment is needed as ultrasound and physical appearance are consistent with what the patient is sharing.

If you are suffering from recurrent varicose veins after surgery and wonder if there are options for you, consider getting an evaluation.  Treatment may be as simple as a couple of needles and temporary compression wear, or you may have a far more complex condition that requires more advanced procedures we offer.  The Lafayette Regional Vein & Laser Center is an outcomes focused practice.  If you are suffering from painful, unsightly varicose veins and are seeking relief, we are here to help.  To learn more, visit or call (765) 807-2770 to schedule your consultation.