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​Vascular Surgeon to Speak About Minimally Invasive Treatment for Varicose Veins

HERMITAGE, March 11, 2013– Christopher Esper, DO, board-certified vascular surgeon with Horizon Surgical Associates-UPMC, will present a free lecture on endovascular laser therapy, a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins, Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Womancare Center of UPMC Horizon.

Varicose veins, which usually occur in the legs, may be caused by a variety of factors including obesity, pregnancy, age, and injury. They may lead to swelling, blood clots, and skin ulcers.

Endovascular laser therapy involves inserting a laser beneath the skin to shut down the varicose vein. The best candidates for endovascular laser therapy are young, active patients with varicose veins that have not improved through the use of compression stockings.

Dr. Esper completed a clinical fellowship in vascular surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He earned his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pa., and completed an internship and general surgery residency at UPMC Horizon, where he served as chief general surgery resident. Dr. Esper and Jon Henwood, DO, see patients in Farrell, Greenville, and New Castle.

This program is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Womancare Center is located at 875 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage. To register for this program, call 724-347-7700 or toll-free at 1-866-347-7700.

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