What you need to know about treating varicose veins

Why come to the University of Chicago Medicine for varicose vein treatment?

"We're board-certified vascular surgeons with state-of-the-art tools have cared for a lot of patients with varicose veins, and we offer a full spectrum of care," said vascular surgeon Ross Milner, MD.

Treatment at the University of Chicago Medicine Vein Clinic starts with a comprehensive evaluation by a vascular specialist and simple, noninvasive testing. Specially fitted stockings can help relieve painful symptoms while advanced treatment is being planned.

The good news for patients is that this common condition can now be treated with same-day, minimally invasive procedures that do not require general anesthesia or a trip to the operating room.

Venous ablation begins with the insertion of a tiny catheter to deliver radiofrequency energy inside the vein, heating the vein wall. The procedure results in little or no pain and minimal bruising, and patients typically are able to return to normal activities within a day.

Other options include sclerotherapy (injection of a fluid to collapse the vein) and microphlebectomy (removal of surface veins).

Other things to consider:

If you are pregnant, wear compression stockings in the second and third trimester. Added weight and pressure on the blood volume to the leg during pregnancy can contribute to the development of varicose veins.

High heels can aggravate symptoms if you already have venous disease, so consider wearing flats most of the time.

Vascular Vein Clinic

University of Chicago vein experts offer the full spectrum of advanced options to treat venous conditions, including varicose veins, spider veins, chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, venous ulcers and more.

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