The Nanticoke Vein Center

Are you suffering with unsightly or uncomfortable varicose veins?

Swelling and pain in your legs could be the result of poor or inefficient circulation.

Help is available!

VARICOSE VEINS develop through a combination of weakened vein walls and faulty valves. In a healthy vein, a small one-way valve opens allowing blood to flow upward as it moves toward the heart, then closes to prevent it from flowing backwards. When the valve fails, blood pools and pressure will build-up further weakening the valve and damaging the vein causing it to become twisted, enlarged and painful.

Up to 40% of women and 25% of men are affected by this condition. Fortunately, treatment is available!

Varicose veins may or may not be painful. Even if they are not painful, they may be a sign of chronic venous disease or venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is most often caused by previous cases of blood clots and varicose veins.

SPIDER VEINS are named for their weblike appearance. They are smaller than varicose veins and appear as red or blue lines. Spider veins are easy to see through the skin.

TREATING VARICOSE VEINS

Nanticoke Health Services offers a non-surgical procedure that is safe, virtually painless and requires little-to-no downtime. Using the VenaCureEVLT vein laser treatment, a thin fiber is inserted into the damaged vein. Using a highly concentrated beam of light, the treatment closes the vein, sealing it shut. Since varicose veins are superficial veins and handle less than 5% of your blood flow, closing the vein is safe. The body automatically re-routes the blood through other veins.

After treatment, the appearance of the abnormal vein is instantly improved with minimal to no scarring. There may be some slight swelling around the treatment site. Once this subsides, you will see a significant difference in the appearance of your legs. Many people experience other vein conditions that may need to be treated with supplementary therapies. Your physician may recommend additional procedures such as micro-phlebectomy and sclerotherapy.

Your doctor will review with this procedure and other available options for treating varicose veins to determine what is right for you.

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Causes of Varicose and Spider Veins

  • Heredity
  • Occupations involving a lot of standing
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal changes during menopause or postmenopausal hormonal replacement
  • History of blood clots
  • Conditions that increase pressure in the abdomen such as tumors, constipation and externally worn garments such as girdles

Varicose and spider veins may also be caused by trauma or injury to the skin or previous vein surgery.

If you suffer with varicose or spider veins, one of our providers can help!


Arvind K. Gireesh, MD, FACC
Cardiologist & Vascular

Alfred C. Hurley, MD
Cardiologist & Vascular

 

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