Varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis and other vein conditions are treatable. Venous disease, also called vein disease, includes several conditions that involve diseased or abnormal veins. Veins carry oxygen-poor blood back to the heart and valves inside the veins keep blood flowing in one direction. If the valves are weak or damaged, blood can pool or leak backward, causing pain and other serious complications.
Vein and venous disease are vascular conditions can range from mild to life-threatening. St. Luke’s Heart and Vascular Center’s Peripheral Vascular Disease Program includes vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists and interventional radiologists who are experts in the field of vascular procedures.
Venous disease is a chronic condition, requiring expert care. Our multidisciplinary team also pays careful attention to the long-term needs of our patients, with a focus on preventing future events.
Vein disease encompasses many conditions and includes chronic venous insufficiency, spider veins, and varicose veins. Varicose veins are very common and experienced by millions of people. These prominent leg veins often have no symptoms, but in some people, they ache. When varicose veins throb, it can be a sign of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a condition caused when blood pools in your leg veins. For most, varicose veins are not a serious disorder. However, if CVI progresses, you may be at risk for developing venous ulcers, a wound condition that requires medical attention.
St. Luke’s Vein Program offers both non-surgical and minimally invasive surgical treatment options to help varicose and spider veins feel and look better.
Vein Treatment Options
You don’t need a doctor’s referral to come to the Vein Program, but your primary care doctor could refer and recommend treatment for your veins.
Most vein therapy starts with treatments such as compression stockings, and lifestyle modifications like exercise and weight loss. However, if your symptoms don’t improve, other minimally invasive treatments are available such as:
- Endovenous radiofrequency ablation (EVLT)
- Venous ligation