Vein Care

The Regional Health Heart and Vascular Institute Vein Center offers different treatment options, including:

  • Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins
    • Cauterizes and closes varicose veins in the legs
    • Alleviates symptoms such as cramping, aching, swelling, skin irritation, inflammation, discoloration, or ulceration
    • Leaves virtually no scars
  • Phlebectomy (also known as microphlebectomy, ambulatory phlebectomy, or stab avulsion)
    • Removes varicose veins
    • Stitches are very rarely required
  • Sclerotherapy
    • Used to treat spider veins and varicose veins
    • May be used on its own or in conjunction with
  • Endovenous Ablation or Phlebectomy

Did You Know?

  • More than 30 million Americans suffer from venous disease, including varicose veins or Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI).
  • Only 1.9 million of those seek treatment annually while the vast majority remains undiagnosed and untreated.
  • More people lose work time over vein disorders than from artery disease.
  • Men develop varicose veins as well as more severe symptoms of CVI. In fact, 43 percent of men are expected to develop some form of venous disease by the time they reach their 60s.

Understanding Venous Reflux Disease

Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart. Venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart no longer function, causing the blood to pool in the legs, and leading to these signs and symptoms:

  • Varicose veins
  • Leg or ankle swelling
  • Leg heaviness and fatigue
  • Leg pain, aching or cramping
  • Burning or itching of the skin
  • Restless legs
  • Skin changes or rashes
  • Ulcers, open wounds or sores

Venous reflux disease is a progressive medical condition and if left untreated, may worsen over time and develop into a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

What are varicose veins and spider veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red or flesh-colored and can appear swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. They can be caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins, in which backed up blood makes the veins bulge. Symptoms include leg cramps, swelling, itching and discomfort.

Spider veins are very similar but can look like tree branches or spider webs with their short, jagged lines. These can also be caused by the backup of blood, hormone changes, exposure to the sun and injuries.

Results and Management

Our team of highly trained physicians are prepared to provide treatment and relief of your varicose or spider veins. Studies have shown that through our
treatment methods:

  • Patients will experience relief of symptoms after two days.
  • Patients experience less pain than a laser – an outpatient procedure with local or general anesthesia.
  • Proven results with positive patient outcomes.
  • Rapid recovery – on average, patients resume normal activities same day or within a few days.