Varicose Veins

Approximately 20-25 million Americans have varicose veins

Varicose veins, or the smaller “spider veins,” are protruding or visible veins in the lower legs which can be embarrassing to some people. These occur when the valves inside your veins, usually in the leg or ankle, malfunction. Instead of helping blood flow toward the heart, these faulty valves allow blood to collect in the veins and they become twisted, weakened and elevated above the skin.

Varicose veins can be a sign of a serious medical problem. Venous reflux, or “leaky valves,” is often the underlying cause of varicose veins. Many patients experience leg pain, swelling, fatigue and sometimes skin ulcers.

Our qualified ultrasonographer will use non-invasive, ultrasound diagnostic imaging and conduct a thorough evaluation of your body’s venous system to determine the extent of your problem and the most appropriate treatment.

Compression stockings may be used to try to resolve your ”leaky valves.” If more extensive treatment is required, our specialists will use one of the following non-surgical or surgical treatments, based on your individual situation:

  • VNUS Closure™ system
    A new, minimally invasive option that uses radiofrequency to close off abnormal veins.
  • Ambulatory phlebectomy
    Outpatient procedure where small, slit-like incisions are cut and the affected veins are removed.
  • Open surgical vein ligation and stripping
    Small incisions are cut near the vein and a plastic wire is thread in, tied to the vein and pulled out (most conventional procedure).
  • Radiofrequency ablation therapy
    Heat is inserted through a very thin tube to damage the wall inside the vein which closes it off.

To make an appointment at our Vein Center, please call 386.226.2662