Conditions We Treat at the Vein Center

Cosmetic Concerns

Spider veins and other visible or bulging veins: are not dangerous and are more common in women; they become more visible after pregnancies and with age. 

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can affect circulation and be very painful. They can cause or be associated with:

  • Pain, aching, itching, burning, swelling or skin changes in the legs
  • Aching or restlessness in the evenings
  • Reflux and dilation, in which blood travels toward the feet rather than the heart
  • Superficial phlebitis a blood clot in a superficial vein
  • Blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in a deep veins of the legs 
  • Skin discoloration near the ankles

If you have varicose veins with symptoms, you may be a candidate for non-surgical vein therapy, venous ablation, or venous recannalization of the deep veins, which includes opening blocked deep veins with a balloon and a stent.

Venous Ulcers

Venous ulcers are open wounds occurring around the ankle or lower leg, caused by venous hypertension. They do not heal for periods of weeks or months, and occasionally persist longer.

Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in a deep vein that can travel to the heart or lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal. A DVT may occur spontaneously or result from a prior condition or treatment, such as:

  • Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Pregnancy
  • Bed rest
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Genetic predisposition to blood clots

A DVT is diagnosed through an ultrasound, which can be done in our office with immediate results. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of DVT.

If you experience shortness of breath or chest pain and you have a known or suspected DVT, call 911. 

Postphlebitic Syndrome (Chronic DVT)

Postphlebitic syndrome causes varicose veins, swelling, pain, discoloration, and/or ulcers in the leg due to chronic or old DVT.

Pelvic Congestion

Pelvic congestion syndrome is identifiable by pain or heaviness in the pelvis or genital area. It involves the development of internal varicose veins. Symptoms are usually chronic and can be worse during or just before the menstrual cycle. Venous embolization is used to treat this condition.    
 

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