Venous Insufficiency and Varicose Vein Treatment in Overland Park
At Overland Park Regional Medical Center, we want to help you improve the quality of your life. Varicose veins or spider veins are not just a cosmetic concern. If not diagnosed, they can come with health issues that affect your everyday life. The majority of people with lifestyle limiting symptoms can have considerable improvement by being assessed and cared for by a physician trained and skilled in vein treatment.
Our vein specialists at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center Vein Clinic of the HCA Midwest Health Heart and Vascular Institute will work with you to create a treatment plan to get you back on your feet and enjoying life. We provide experienced vascular surgeons and board certified interventional cardiologists who are highly trained and skilled in diagnosing and treating vascular disease, which is the disease that can affect your superficial veins, deep veins and arteries. The vein specialists at Overland Park Regional Medical Center are not only trained in vein disease, but also vascular disease which allows them to take a comprehensive approach to evaluate and identify the true cause of your symptoms to develop an effective varicose vein treatment plan. Our vein specialists are equipped with state-of-the art technology, the latest research and minimally invasive techniques for the best possible outcomes.
To find a vein clinic in Overland Park and schedule an evaluation:
Bulging veins or varicose vein can affect your quality of life, If this is happening to you, it may be time to take the next step and see a vein specialist at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. After a physical exam and assessment, your cardiologist may refer you for an ultrasound of the legs, which is used to identify valve failure in the veins. This test will help confirm diagnosis and provide additional information to develop a treatment plan.
Treatment options include:
This is a first-line, non-invasive therapy used to put pressure on the legs and facilitate blood flow. Some medical insurance companies may necessitate three to nine months of use before covering minimally invasive treatment.
Radiofrequency venous ablation is a minimally-invasive, catheter-based procedure where veins are sealed from the inside. Radiofrequency venous ablation uses a microwave type energy and ultrasound guidance. Laser venous ablation is performed the same way only using laser energy to close the vein. This is an outpatient procedure that is low-risk and completed using a local anesthetic. The procedure can take approximately one hour.
Recovery & Results
Your Overland Park vein doctor will send you for a duplex ultrasound about one to three days after the procedure. This is to check that the vein is sealed completely and is healing properly. You will have a follow-up visit with your vein doctor in about another two weeks and about a month after that to address any issues, new symptoms and to make sure your leg is feeling well.
Your vein doctor will recommend that you take two 20-minute walks the afternoon after the procedure and one 20-minute walk once or twice a day there after. This is to help assist the movement of blood out of the leg through the deep venous system.
Most patients have substantial progress in their symptoms within a week. But many will have meaningful improvements within a few days. The vein treatment can improve symptoms such as pain, swelling, aching, heaviness, weakness, prominence of varicosities and occasionally improve neurologic symptoms (such as restless leg) if there was a venous trigger.
Vein Surgery (microphlembectomy)
Microphlembectomy is a minimally invasive, outpatient surgery to remove varicose veins. A local anesthetic is administered and your vein surgeon will make very tiny incisions to remove the bothersome vein. The procedure takes approximately one hour.
Recovery & Results
You will need a duplex ultrasound about one week following your vein surgery to check that you are healing properly. About one month after surgery, you will see your vein doctor to check progress and make sure there are no new symptoms that need treatment.
In most cases, your vein doctor will recommend that you return to normal activity immediately after treatment. Strenuous activity should be avoided but walking is encouraged to help with the movement of blood.
With vein surgery, there is no scarring and results can be seen almost immediately after your procedure. You may experience some bruising or minimal discomfort for a few days after treatment.
Signs of Venous Insufficiency
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may want to consider seeing a vein doctor.
- Leg pain, heaviness or cramping
- Varicose veins (veins that are dark purple or blue, appear twisted and bulging)
- Skin discoloration, redness, open wounds, sores or ulcers
Why do you get Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are caused by the failure of the valve system in superficial veins (veins close to the skin). This failure doesn’t allow blood to travel back to the heart, causing blood to collect in the lower legs. The increased capacity of blood and the pressure of that blood can cause discomfort.
Vein disease often progresses as we age, but if can also affect people in their teens. It is also more common in women than men. Other risk factors include:
- A family history of vein disease
- Being pregnant two or more times
- Long periods of sitting or standing
- Obesity or an increased body mass index
- Leg injuries
- Birth control pills
- Hormone replacement therapies
How are Varicose Veins prevented?
- Get moving!! Exercise can help move venous blood out of the legs. People who exercise regularly may experience less symptoms.
- Avoid heavy isometric exercise (lift heavy things).
- Do not sit or stand for long periods of time.
- Don’t smoke.
- Knee surgeries or leg trauma can possibly contribute to the development of chronic vein disease.
How can I remove the Spider Veins on my legs?
If you have a few small vessels, you can start wearing support hose. The goal is try to keep those vessels from spreading and expanding. Once you have the vessels, the most effective way to treat them is to see a Vein specialist.
If you have larger varicose veins, then you need to see a vein doctor who can determine the cause of your spider veins and create a comprehensive treatment plan.