More than 25 million Americans suffer from varicose veins. Besides being unsightly, they can also be unhealthy.
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Hamot treats varicose veins and gets you back to feeling like your old self.
Varicose veins form when the one-way valves inside the veins don't work as they should. The valves can't help bring blood back up through the legs and to the heart.
Because of this, the blood will start to pool and pressure will build up.
Without treatment, varicose veins can lead to:
If you suspect you have varicose veins, we can do a screening to learn:
The screening takes about five minutes and involves pulling up your pant leg. As you're standing, we check your veins with an ultrasound.
The UPMC Hamot Heart and Vascular Institute offers free screenings at various health fairs, expos, and classes.
Endovenous thermal ablation, or EVTA, is a non-surgical outpatient treatment for vericose veins.
When you come to UPMC Hamot for care, our experts will:
This almost painless procedure: