Varicose vein fix: How to glue leaky leg valves

HOUSTON – Millions of Americans suffer from varicose veins, twisted or enlarged veins that you can see just under the surface of the skin.

Childbirth and weight gain are just two of the causes, but doctors now have a new, minimally invasive treatment available that’s bringing fast relief.

Bulging, discolored lower legs. Varicose veins are a nuisance for so many of us.

Lula Nolley said, “It was achy and burning and swollen and bruised. It was bruised. He said the bruise wouldn’t go away.”

For Nolley, varicose veins from her knees down made it tough to keep up with great-granddaughter Skylar.

Dr. Alain Tanbe, a vascular surgeon at Mercy Hospital, treats the cause of varicose veins, venous reflux, and leaky valves in leg veins.

Tanbe said “these valves, when they don’t close as they are supposed to … blood is flowing up and leaking back down.”

Doctors have traditionally used lasers to close the area. Now they have a new option called VenaSeal. It’s delivered by a tiny catheter to the veins next to the knee.