April 1st, 2012

Doctors: Be Careful About Laser Therapy for Veins

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The treatment sounds modern and high-tech: Zap away those unsightly veins on the back of your legs with quick and painless laser therapy. But vein experts warn that some doctors in South Florida are performing the high-profit "laser ablation" procedure too often, on patients who don't need it, solely to make money…Overuse of the procedure is a problem across the country, but is more extensive in Florida, said Dr. Peter Gloviczki, a vein surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and incoming president of the national Society for Vascular Surgery.

 

 

Sun-Sentinel by Bob LaMendola   4/1/12

Tags: Dr. Peter Gloviczki, laser ablation, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Technology, Vascular

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