Vein Services Specialist

Louisiana Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon located in Alexandria, LA

Up to 35% of American adults have varicose veins, just one of many types of vein diseases, including chronic venous insufficiency. At Louisiana Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute, in Alexandria, Louisiana, Gary P. Jones, MD, FACS, and his team offer cutting-edge vein services to improve your vascular health. If you need a vascular health specialist, call Louisiana Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute, or make an appointment online today.

Vein Services

What are vein services?


At Louisiana Cardiovascular and Thoracic Vein Institute, Dr. Jones offers various vein treatments to improve your vascular health, including:

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)

Dr. Jones offers Venefitâ„¢ EVLT to close and seal weak or damaged veins. It reduces the appearance of varicose veins and forces your blood to flow through healthier veins including your greater saphenous vein. The treatment is minimally invasive and requires very little recovery time.

Endoscopic vein and radial artery harvesting 

Dr. Jones also offers minimally invasive blood vessel harvesting to collect parts of your veins and arteries to use as grafts in other parts of your body. 


Why would I need vein services?

Dr. Jones offers vein services to address varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. He might also remove veins or arteries from your legs to use in cardiac surgery. 

Chronic venous insufficiency

Your veins carry blood back to your heart and have tiny valves that help your blood move along its return journey, often against gravity. 

Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when problems with those valves interfere with your circulation. Blood clots and varicose veins can also create blockages that reduce your circulation. 


Varicose veins

Varicose veins are the ropey, blue or purple veins that appear on your legs. They form when blood leaks backward through weakened sections of veins, getting trapped and pooling. When this happens, your veins swell and become visible on your skin. 

What happens during a vein treatment?

Dr. Jones uses minimally invasive techniques for most vein treatments. He utilizes catheters and ultrasound to reduce disruption to your life. As a result, in many cases, you only need a local anesthetic or a mild sedative to help you stay comfortable. 


Dr. Jones makes a small incision and uses ultrasound to guide a catheter to the correct section of the vein. Once the catheter is in place, he completes your EVLT or another vein treatment. 

When your treatment is complete, Dr. Jones removes the catheter and other instruments, bandages the incision, and provides a compression stocking. 

What should I expect after vein treatment?

Dr. Jones recommends wearing compression stockings after most vein treatments. You should also get up and walk around for 10 minutes several times a day to promote healthy circulation. 


You also have follow-up appointments for Dr. Jones to check your recovery and ensure your treatment was successful. 

If you need expert vein treatments, call Louisiana Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute or make an appointment online today.