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Varicose Vein Treatment Program

Varicose Vein Treatment Program

Our UCLA Radiology team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and technologists offer comprehensive vein care. Services include sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, and endovenous thermal ablation of diseased superficial veins at our Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach locations.

Varicose veins are veins that become swollen and large, usually due to abnormal vein walls or defective valves. The enlarged veins, often with a dark purple or blue coloration, protrude from the surface of the skin and frequently have a worm-like appearance. Spider veins are much smaller, red or purple and often having a web-like character. Venous disease is more common than arterial disease. 25% of women and 15% of men are affected.

Varicose Vein Treatment, Interventional Radiology. UCLA Dept of Radiology.

Who gets varicose & spider veins?

Family history plays an important role. If 1 or both parents have venous disease, your risk of having venous disease increases tremendously. Other factors that may accelerate the occurrence include aging, obesity, prolonged standing, pregnancy, leg trauma or congenital conditions. Venous disease is more common than arterial disease. 25% of women and 15% of men are affected.


Varicose Vein Treatment. Before and after photos. UCLA Dept of Radiology.Varicose veins are usually a cosmetic nuisance. They may cause itching, burning or throbbing. Symptoms include leg pain, cramps, fatigue, heaviness, swelling and/or restless leg syndrome. In more severe cases, varicose vein disease can lead to skin changes such as eczema, pigmentation, ulceration, or bleeding.


We provide complete care for superficial venous disease. Old fashioned surgery with large incisions is no longer needed to treat chronic venous superficial vein disease. Our skilled team is trained in non-invasive vascular imaging, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, conventional sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, endovenous thermal ablation (EVTA) and mechanicochemical ablation (MOCA). These minimally invasive techniques allow us to close or remove these veins using very small 2-3 millimeter stab-like entry points or small injections. Therefore the cosmetic results are outstanding. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.

Watch video on varicose vein ablation.



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Phone: (310) 802-0200    Fax: (310) 802-0206


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Santa Monica Outpatient Imaging Center

1245 16th Street, Suite 110
Santa Monica, CA 90404

UCLA Radiology Imaging and Interventional
Center Manhattan Beach

2200 N. Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach CA 90266


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