929 S.W. Mulvane
Topeka, Kan. 66606
1133 College Ave., Ste. E-112
Manhattan, Kan. 66502
(785) 290-VEIN (Topeka and Emporia)
(785) 537-2651 (Manhattan)
The Vein Clinic
The Vein Clinic
At the Vein Clinic, part of the Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center, we are pleased to offer effective treatment for venous insufficiency, the underlying cause for varicose veins.
Legs are made up of a network of veins. Healthy veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart. Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) develops when the valves that usually keep blood flowing out of your legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased. This can cause blood to pool in your legs and lead to the symptoms of CVI. People have the outward appearance of varicose veins but inside a progressive medical condition is developing. Fortunately, medical technology available at the Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center can help those with this often-hereditary disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency
You may have vein disease if you notice any of these symptoms in your legs in addition to having varicose veins:
- Skin changes
Those at Risk of Developing CVI
Individuals with untreated varicose veins are at risk for developing CVI because over time the signs and symptoms can progress and become more serious. CVI can occur at any age, however, increased age is a risk factor. CVI is more prevalent in women who have been pregnant, those who have a family history of the condition, or those whose jobs require prolonged standing.
Treatment of CVI and Varicose Veins
Many people living with varicose veins do not seek treatment. The good news is that there are minimally invasive treatment options available to treat varicose veins and CVI. Treatment for vein disease begins with a consultation to diagnose your symptoms. Depending on the diagnosis, your treatment may be covered by insurance. Larger varicose veins may be treated with vein ablation. Smaller veins, known as spider veins, can be treated using sclerotherapy.
About Vein Ablation
Vein ablation is performed on an outpatient basis at the Vein Clinic. To determine if vein ablation is right for you, an ultrasound may be performed to visualize your vein condition. The vein ablation procedure allows for cardiologists to use a small opening in the skin to seal the weak vein shut using a small catheter. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood flow re-routes to healthier veins that have good valves. This may make cosmetic issues easier to address using schlerotherapy. Patients typically return to normal activities within one day of treatment.
Sclerotherapy, the treatment of choice for spider veins, is a cosmetic treatment now available at the Vein Clinic. The procedure is performed by injecting small amounts of sclerotherapy solution into spider veins. The solution causes the vein to scar and collapse, forcing blood to re-route through healthier veins. The collapsed vein then reabsorbs into local tissue and over time fades away. It may take one month to see full results.
If you suffer from varicose veins or experience signs or symptoms of CVI, see one of our vein specialists. To schedule your consultation, call (785) 290-VEIN.