East Jefferson General Hospital

Varicose veins can not only be unsightly, they can be painful and can lead to other health issues. The latest techniques in vein therapy can not only relieve your pain, they can often make visible leg veins vanish from sight.

Dr. Tod Engelhardt is a Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeon who is a leader in the successful and comprehensive treatment of the vein and vascular systems. His approach is to match the right treatment to your particular needs while always trying to preserve the long-term health of your veins. Let Dr. Engelhardt develop a personalized approach for you.

Compression Hosiery

Compression hosiery is a proven method of relieving the symptoms of varicose veins. By keeping the blood from pooling in the veins, these hose improve circulation and are usually the first line of treatment recommended. They are also used often to compliment other treatments.


Almost painless, and done in the physician's office, sclerotherapy is an effective way of treating visible leg veins. A sclerosant solution is injected into the affected vein causing it to shrink, close off and slowly disappear. Typically, the entire process may take 2-5 treatments each lasting 15-45 minutes.

In some cases, a more precise delivery of the solution requires ultrasound assisted guidance. This process requires no more time or treatments than traditional sclerotherapy.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Using incisions so small that no stitches are required, this procedure allows Dr. Engelhardt to remove large varicose veins from your leg using only local anesthesia.

Radio Frequency Ablation Venefit Procedure

The Venefit™ procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound, Dr. Engelhardt will position a ClosureFAST™ catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter, powered by radiofrequency energy, will deliver heat to the vein wall. As the thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall will shrink and the vein will be sealed closed. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins.

Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the insertion site and additional compression may be provided to aid healing. Dr. Engelhardt may recommend you walk daily and refrain from extended periods of standing or strenuous activity for a period of time. Most patints who undergo the Venefit™ procedure typically resume normal activities in 1-2 days.

What is the Right Treatment for You?

For a consultation with Dr. Engelhardt to discuss your treatment options, call the Vascular & Vein Institute at EJGH at (504) 459-3513.