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Part 2: What are Varicose Veins: Diagnosis and Treatment of Varicose Veins

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Nearly 25% of women and 18% of men suffer daily from discomfort associated with varicose veins (chronic venous insufficiency). Varicose veins often cause leg pain, cramping, pelvic pain, unsightly bulging and leg swelling. Patients will often describe their legs as feeling tired and achy.
The visible bulging varicose veins, however, are often only the "tip of the iceberg" and typically reflect significant underlying problems with circulation. Left untreated, varicose vein disease may lead to disabling edema, skin ulceration and blood clots. Up to 30% of patients diagnosed with restless leg syndrome may actually be suffering from varicose veins. Varicose veins may also occur in the pelvis (pelvic venous congestion) and can be a significant source of chronic pelvic pain and heaviness in women.
Fortunately, technological advancements have dramatically improved varicose vein treatment. The mainstay of treatment used to be a painful, stripping surgery requiring anesthesia and prolonged recovery. Utah Valley's Intermountain Vein Center (ivein) is Utah's premier institution for varicose vein treatment, offering comprehensive state-of-the art treatment for varicose veins and spider veins with minimally invasive techniques.
Abnormal veins are typically treated with an outpatient procedure using either laser (EVLA) or radio-frequency energy (Venefit ClosureFastTM). A tiny catheter is pulled through the inside of the abnormal vein. The thermal energy cauterizes the vein to permanently stop further blood flow. Other frequently used treatment options include micro-phlebebctomy and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. Recovery is short and most patients resume normal daily activity within hours of treatment.
The treatment philosophy at the Intermountain Vein Center is one of teamwork. The experienced ivein staff includes seven board-certified, fellowship-trained vascular specialists, two nurse practitioners, and three registered vascular technologists. Together they bring vast synergistic experience and perspective, which combine to provide state-of-the-art comprehensive vein treatment.
The goal is first to comprehensively diagnose any and all sources of venous reflux (abnormal backward flow). All sources of abnormal flow in veins are identified using physical examination, ultrasound, and in some cases, venography. Only after patients undergo a thorough diagnostic evaluation is a treatment plan formulated. Since every leg is different, we pride ourselves in offering each patient individualized, personal treatment. As a result, our patients experience higher success rates, fewer complications, and a much lower rate of recurrence.

The Intermountain Vein Center, one of the busiest institutes for vein treatment in the Intermountain West, is a referral center for many of the area's toughest patients. The center meets the challenge by providing the best in in-office diagnostics and treatment options available, with access to high-tech hospital-based resources as needed.
While there are definite cosmetic benefits to varicose vein treatment, the vascular specialists at Utah's Intermountain Vein Center are quick to point out that their procedures are primarily for treatment of medically significant varicose veins. Their goal is restore and preserve healthy venous circulation.
Call today for free screening at 801.379.6700 or visit us at ivein.com.

The Intermountain Vein Center is located at:
Physician Plaza
1055 N 300 W Suite 308
Provo, Utah 84604

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