Minimally Invasive Varicose Vein Surgery and Removal


This 3D animation outlines symptoms and describes various types of treatment for varicose veins.

The Vascular Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, is a comprehensive center specializing in circulatory system disorders. Our vascular surgeons practice a variety of advanced minimally invasive procedures, including minimally invasive varicose vein surgery and removal.

What is Minimally Invasive Varicose Vein Surgery?

Varicose veins are enlarged, gnarled veins visible on the legs and feet. They can be treated with many lifestyle adjustments like more frequent exercise, weight loss, less restrictive clothing, leg elevation and avoiding standing and sitting for long periods of time. Compression stockings are a common suggestion as well and help veins move blood more efficiently. For more severe cases, there are many minimally invasive treatment options available.

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Types of Minimally Invasive Varicose Vein Surgery:

The doctors of The Vascular Center at Mercy perform the latest procedures for varicose vein removal. Venefit™ (formerly known as VNUS Closures™) offers a minimally invasive solution for varicose vein removal and results in minimal or no scaring and shorter operating time as opposed to the traditional procedure of vein stripping.

Veingogh© is a procedure for varicose veins that uses tiny, high frequency currents to deliver a microburst to heat up the vein, coagulate the blood and collapse the vein wall. Our vascular surgeons are experts in these advanced treatment options for varicose veins. Other minimally invasive treatment options include:          

  • Sclerotherapy - an injection procedure for small- and medium-sized varicose veins. The injection scars and closes the veins and they begin to fade after a few weeks of the treatment.
  • Laser treatments - may be effective on smaller varicose veins and the even smaller spider veins, and do not require incisions or needles.
  • Catheter procedures - performed on larger veins requiring the insertion of the catheter into a vein which is heated and collapsed.
  • Phlebectomy - helps remove smaller varicose veins with a series of skin punctures.
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Who should receive Minimally Invasive Varicose Vein Surgery?

People who are in pain from their varicose veins or can no longer deal with their embarrassment over the enlarged, twisted blood vessels in their legs and feet might consider some of the minimally invasive vein procedures available today.

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