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2009 Press Releases

Individuals Sought for ClariVein Trial for Varicose Vein Treatment


Steve Elias MD FACS FACPh, Director of The Center for Vein Disease at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, NJ, and Mount Sinai Hospital, NY, announces the premier clinical trial of the ClariVein device for the minimally invasive management of varicose veins. The FDA cleared device utilizes mechanical and chemical technology to treat varicose veins.

“This is a very unique and exciting technology combining two methods of vein treatment, mechanical and chemical, into one device” says Dr. Elias. “In this first clinical trial we will be able to treat patients in the office with a 20-minute procedure using only one needle stick and local anesthesia” continues Dr. Elias.  

Dr. Elias is the only physician currently authorized to use the ClariVein device. He is the principal investigator for the clinical trial.

Vein disease affects approximately 40% of women and 20% of men. The device has been 100% effective in animal studies. Candidates for the trial must have visible bulging varicose leg veins. There is no expense incurred by qualified study participants. All treatment is performed in the offices of The Center for Vein Disease located at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.

“If effective, the ClariVein device is an important advancement in the minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins,” states Dr. Elias. Since 2000, Dr. Elias has been involved in many other initial clinical trials allowing patients treated at the Center for Vein Disease to be among the first in the country to benefit from the most advanced treatments of vein disease.

For further information regarding possible trial participation in January 2009, candidate requirements, or the ClariVein device please call the Center for Vein Disease at 201-894-3252.  

About Dr. Steve Elias 
Dr. Steve Elias was recently named by Vein Magazine as one of the 25 most influential professionals in vein care worldwide. Dr. Elias lectures, publishes, and teaches extensively about minimally invasive vein care and procedures. As Course Director of the Annual Vascular Fellows Course in Venous Disease, he trains young vascular surgeons in the treatment of vein problems. His clinical interests encompass all aspects of vein care: spider veins, varicose veins, perforator and deep venous incompetence, and venous ulcers. He performs all minimally invasive vein procedures and his work at the Center for Vein Disease includes the prevention and treatment of DVT Deep Venous Thrombosis. Dr. Elias is a fellowship-trained vascular surgeon and member of the American Venous Forum, the American College of Phlebology, the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, and the International Society of Cardiovascular Surgery. He is a recipient of the Dardik Research and Education Award.