I've waited 25 years to take action on my varicose vein situation, mostly out of fear of how painful and costly it would be. About 5 years ago I noticed the Hogue Vein Institute billboard out on I94 as l'd come into Fargo, and finally in August of this year I called and made an appointment for an ultrasound and consultation. It was quickly determined that mine was medically necessary, not just cosmetic and by the time I left the office that day, was all set up for the procedure. The procedure itself was no more painful than a visit to the dentist and took about 45 minutes. I went shopping all afternoon, out for dinner with friends, and then back the next morning for same procedure on the other leg, Can't say enough good things about Dr Dando and his staff--they were great and so reassuring! I will continue to come into the office for schlerotherapy for awhile yet, but am looking forward to great legs by next summer. We live in the SW corner of the state and drive about 375 miles one way to come to this clinic, and it has been well worth it.