Vein Center

Vein Center

For many, even day-to-day activities can be painful. Problems with veins can cause restless legs, numbness in leg, leg heaviness, varicose veins, leg cramps, swelling in leg, discoloration and burning in the leg.

If you are suffering from leg discomfort, call the Baptist Health Vein Center to schedule a free screening.

What is Venous Insufficiency?

Over 40 million Americans suffer daily with painful, swollen legs as a result of venous disease. This condition is the result of faulty valves in the veins and is called venous insufficiency. In a healthy vein, there are one-way valves that allow the blood to move toward the heart, but not away. In a diseased vein, these valves do not work properly, allowing the blood to fall downward in between heartbeats. This back and forth motion of blood leads to an increased venous blood pressure resulting in inflammation of the tissues around the vein. This inflammation can cause leg pain, swelling, bulging varicose veins, heaviness, restlessness, cramps, skin discoloration, numbness, tingling, ulcers, Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) and blood clots. Left untreated, this condition only worsens over time. 

What Are the Risk Factors?

  • Heredity is the number one risk factor for venous disease. If your parents had varicose veins, you have an 89 percent chance of developing them. 

  • Women, especially those that have had multiple pregnancies, are three times more likely than men to develop venous disorders.

  • Professions that require long periods of sitting or standing increase one's risk.

  • Age. While older people are at a higher risk for venous disease, it can start as early as childhood.

What Treatment is Available?

The treatment for this disorder is called endovenous thermal ablation. This is a minimally invasive procedure where a catheter is inserted into the diseased vein by way of a small (1-2mm) incision. Heat is applied to the vein walls causing it to close. Your body then naturally re-routes the blood through other healthy veins. The procedure is done under local anesthetic and is covered by most insurance carriers, including Medicare. Patients walk out of the vein center and return to their normal activities the same day. 

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are a result of dilated venous capillaries that fill with blood and become visible. These are not considered harmful and are often treated for cosmetic reasons.

What Treatment is Available?

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into a spider vein which causes the vein wall to seal shut, therefore stopping the blood flow. The vein will turn to scar tissue and fade away over a period of weeks.