Varicose veins can be a source of emotional and physical discomfort. Not only do these rope-like leg veins produce unsightly bulges just beneath the skin's surface, but they also can produce a constant, throbbing and dull ache. These symptoms can be accompanied by a reddish-purple swelling around the calf and ankle. For some patients, the swelling is so severe that they must wear two differently sized shoes.
All of these signs point to a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a condition in which leg veins lose their ability to conduct blood back to the heart, and consequently swell.
Before and after varicose vein treatment:
At John C. Lincoln Hospitals, treatment for varicose veins is performed on an outpatient basis. Varicose veins begin to fade from view after two weeks following treatment.
At John C. Lincoln Hospitals, we offer a team of highly specialized physicians who perform minimally invasive, virtually painless procedures that remedy CVI and remove symptomatic varicose veins. Performed in a hospital setting with some of the best technology available, these outpatient procedures entail minimal recovery time and a low rate of complications.
Equally important, these procedures are covered by most health insurance providers and Medicare.
About the Varicose Vein Treatments We Offer
Technologically advanced, nonsurgical vein treatments available at John C. Lincoln include:
Radiofrequency Ablation: Usually the first step in treating CVI and varicose veins, this technique uses electrical charges to heat, collapse and seal off malfunctioning veins, re-routing blood flow to healthier veins.
Varicose Vein Removal: To treat small to medium-sized varicose veins, this procedure involves injecting foam directly into the varicose vein. The injection clears blood from the varicose vein and irritates the lining of the vein wall, causing it to stick together. In time, the vein turns to scar tissue and fades from view.
Together, these therapies are fast becoming the mainstay of medical care for CVI and varicose veins.
Further Reading: Causes and Symptoms of CVI and Varicose Veins
In addition to learning more about the state-of-the-art outpatient vein treatments we offer, John C. Lincoln Hospitals invite you to gain a better perspective on the causes, risk factors and symptoms associated with varicose veins.
Varicose Veins: Causes and Risk Factors: Leading risk factors for CVI and varicose veins include genetics, prolonged standing at the workplace and multiple pregnancies.
Varicose Vein Symptoms: An overview of symptoms that indicate vein disease, and why this condition makes legs and ankles swell.
Leg Swelling: A discussion of leg anatomy and why leg swelling is a leading symptom of CVI and varicose veins.
Swollen Ankles: Another major symptom of CVI and varicose veins, swollen ankles are a problem for many people who are on their feet much of the day.