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About Varicose Veins

What are varicose veins?

  • Varicose veins are twisted swollen veins you can see bulging beneath the skin.
  • Varicose Veins affect up to 25% of ALL adults.
  • They are caused by leaky valves in the veins which allow blood to flow backwards in the veins increasing their pressure and stretching them.
    This vein stretching can cause leg pain, fatigue, itching, burning, and restless legs.
  • The increased pressure in the vein can push fluid into the surrounding tissues causing swelling, skin discoloration and even skin breakdown to form ulcers. 

 

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

  • Leg Pain
  • Aching Legs
  • Leg Fatigue
  • Itching
  • Leg Heaviness
  • “Restless Leg”
  • Leg Swelling 
  • Skin Color Changes
In some instances, an ulcer or sore can develop that requires more immediate medical treatment

Are varicose veins a common condition?

  • Varicose veins are very common, affecting up to 1 in 5 adults. About 80 million Americans suffer from some form of varicose veins.
  • Varicose veins are more common in women than in men and are usually seen in patents between 35 and 65 years old.
  • Genetics plays a large role in varicose veins.
  • The incidence of varicose veins increases with age. 

Why do I need this treatment?

  • Condition is likely to get worse and there is no point in suffering when you don't have to.
  • Simple AND SAFE technique performed in the office.

What are the benefits to my life with getting treatment?

  • Quick return to normal activity
  • Improved appearance and comfort
  • Improved quality of life without symptoms of pain, aching, fatigue, itching, heaviness, "RLS" and swelling

 

 

 
 

TREATMENT OPTIONS

How are varicose veins treated?

Varicose veins are primarily treated with Thermal Ablation and Phlebectomy.

 

What is Thermal Ablation?
Thermal Ablation is a technique that closes the vein from the inside using heat [read more]

Thermal Ablation is a technique that closes the vein from the inside using heat.

This is done with a special laser catheter. The procedure is performed with a local anesthetic and requires only a small needle puncture to the vein being treated.

What is Phlebectomy?
Phlebectomy is a technique where the dilated veins are gently removed through tiny incisions. [read more]

The procedure is performed with a local anesthetic with immediate medical and cosmetic results. If the patient requires laser treatment as well, it often can be done as part of the same procedure.

 
 

COMMON QUESTIONS

When Can I Return to Normal Activity?

The procedures are performed in our office as an outpatient with patients returning to normal activities in just a day or two.

Is The Treatment Painful?

We use a special local anesthetic which does not burn like other types and all you will feel are a few small pinches and some pressure. Afterwards there can be some bruising and tenderness requiring mild anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin or Ibuprofen. 

Are There Any Risks?

All procedures have some risks however MVL has had no serious complications in over 6000 procedures.

What If I Do Not Have My Varicose Veins Treated?

Varicose veins are caused by abnormally functioning veins and without treatments are only likely to get worse with time.

 

WHY MIDWEST VEIN AND LASER (MVL)?

MVL is the source for setting standards and protocols...[read more]

MVL has over 23 years of experience treating venous disease. We were responsible for doing the FDA trials for many lasers and establishing the protocols used as the standards of care across the country today.

MVL are the ONLY people who can treat all veins...BOTH deep and surface [read more]

Our physicians are the only group of physicians that are able to treat both deep and superficial venous problems. Whether our patients have spider veins, varicose veins, ulcerations, deep vein clots or any other issues pertaining to vein problems, we are able to treat them and improve quality of life.
 
Patients can expect better outcomes by choosing MVL where the staff cares about results and improve quality of life for their patients.
 

 
 

Normal vein vs. varicose vein
Varicose veins range in size and location affecting one or both legs
Performing Laser Thermal Ablation
Minimal incisions used to remove bulging veins