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Aurora Medical Center offers free presentation on laser varicose vein treatment

Friday, April 06, 2007

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. They commonly develop in men's and women's legs and ankles. Over 30% of women and 17% of men have varicose veins.

Make plans to join Peter J. Bartzen, M.D., general and vascular surgeon, Aurora Medical Center, for a free community education session on laser varicose vein treatment. The session will take place 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at Aurora Medical Center, 10400 75th St., Conference room E & F. Please register by calling 800-499-5736 or going to

The traditional surgical treatment for the condition was stripping and ligation, a solution many patients found painful, and one that required up to 6 weeks of recovery time. Dr. Bartzen offers a far simpler, minimally invasive treatment called endovascular laser venous therapy, a non-surgical laser procedure for varicose veins that produces excellent results without the pain and lengthy recovery of conventional surgery.

"Using today's most advanced medical laser technology, the laser treatment makes varicose veins vanish without all the disadvantages of older treatments," says Dr. Bartzen. "It's a quick, effective outpatient procedure that involves minimal discomfort. After treatment, a patient can walk out of the office and resume normal activities quickly."

Dr. Bartzen has over 20 years of experience with varicose vein treatment. Depending on the type and stage of vein disease, there are many different treatments available.

Minimally invasive laser treatments for varicose veins are changing today's vascular field. Modern, safe and successful treatments are currently performed in-office, with exceptional long-term results.
The therapy treatment is an outpatient procedure that lasts roughly 45 minutes. Patients are able to quickly return to normal activities. The post-operative pain is minimal, no scarring occurs, a quick recovery can be expected and visual results can be immediate.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Andy Johnson (262-7676276)

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