Varicose Veins Causing Leg Pain? VenaCure EVLT Procedure Can Help

Varicose Veins Causing Leg Pain? VenaCure EVLT Procedure Can Help



If you have swelling or pain in your legs from varicose veins, the VenaCure EVLT procedure can help.  Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) is pleased to offer this procedure at its ARH Cardiovascular & Thoracic Associates clinic in Hazard, Ky.


Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that you can see just under the skin. They are bluish or purple in color and usually occur in the legs and ankles. Varicose veins can itch, burn and even bleed. That is why it is important to consult a specialist.


Cardiovascular Specialist Josef Toussaint, MD, performs the VenaCure EVLT procedure, which is minimally invasive by using a local anesthetic.  Once the area is numb, a thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein through a very small entry point.

“While you might feel an unfamiliar sensation during the procedure, it is not painful,” explained Toussaint.  “A laser light emitted through a thin fiber inserted into the damaged vein delivers just a small amount of energy, causing the malfunctioning vein to close and seal shut.”

According to Toussaint, after the VenaCure EVLT procedure, your body will naturally route blood flow to other veins.  Pain and/or bulging in the damaged and now-sealed vein will subside after the procedure.

Since VenaCure EVLT vein treatment eliminates varicose veins where they start, the results can be obvious right away.

A patient who had the VenaCure EVLT procedure shares her story:

“I work in a grocery store and spend most days standing and assisting customers. After work I would deal with pain and horrible swelling in my legs. Over time the swelling got so bad that I couldn’t get my shoes on, so I called my doctor and asked for help. That’s when I learned about Dr. Toussaint who specializes in treating varicose veins. When I saw Dr. Toussaint, he ordered an ultrasound of my legs, which determined that the problem was the blood vessels in both my legs. The doctor explained that the best way to get relief was from the VenaCure procedure where he used a laser to shrink the veins in my legs.  The procedure took about an hour, and made all the difference. I would highly recommend Dr. Toussaint and his team to anyone needing relief from painful swelling in their legs. They were wonderful to me. I couldn’t have asked for better care.  This is the best my legs have felt in a long time!”

—Tasheia Holliday

Age 34


Dr. Toussaint is seeing new patients at ARH Cardiovascular & Thoracic Associates, located at 210 Black Gold Boulevard Suite 210, in Hazard.  For a consultation, call 606.487.7000.



Photo:   Patient Tasheia Holliday (seated) and Dr. Josef Touissant (seated)

Tracy Ison and Miranda Justice (standing) with the Hazard ARH Vascular Program.