Relief for Painful Varicose Veins

The Vein Care Clinic at Lakeshore Health Partners - General Surgery provides relief to patients with painful varicose veins through vein ablation, a minimally invasive outpatient procedure.

Why a General Surgeon?​

Venous insufficiency must be effectively treated for long-term results. General surgeons have the training and knowledge to evaluate the underlying causes of varicose veins and the expertise to provide effective and long-lasting treatment.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, cord-like, dark-colored veins near the surface of the skin that occur when the valves in a leg vein no longer function properly, called venous insufficiency. They tend to itch, bulge, stretch the overlying skin and often cause legs to ache and feel heavy, an indication that it's more than a cosmetic concern.

Venous insufficiency is easily diagnosed using a duplex ultrasound to provide visual analysis of the veins and determine valve damage, reflux or venous obstructions. If left untreated, symptoms can worsen and lead to skin changes, and even ulcers in the legs.




Common Signs of Venous Insufficiency:

  • Swollen ankles or throbbing pain in leg(s)
  • Fatigued, tired or heavy-feeling leg(s)
  • Burning, itching, tingling and cramping in leg(s)
  • Leg pain caused by prolonged standing or sitting
  • Skin discolorations in lower leg(s)

 

Vein Ablation: What to Anticipate

Varicose Veins
Endovenous (or vein) ablation is a minimally invasive procedure performed by a general surgeon to treat venous insufficiency. Using ultrasound guidance, the surgeon inserts a very thin catheter into the affected vein. Radio frequency energy is applied to the inside of the vein to seal it closed. By closing the abnormal vein, the varicose vein shrinks, relieving pain and improving appearance. Other healthy veins take over to carry blood from the leg to re-establish normal flow.

The procedure commonly takes less than an hour and can be done in the office or scheduled as an outpatient procedure at Holland Hospital Surgery Center, located on Felch Street.

Recovery

Patients can expect:
  • To be discharged within a few hours of the procedure.
  • Gradual relief of symptoms and improved appearance.
  • Minimal scars or use of stitches.
  • Immediate return to normal activity with little or no pain. There may be minor soreness or bruising, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers.