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Varicose Veins

Varicose veins happen when the blood vessels that manage flow through the veins don’t work properly. Blood collects in the veins, causing them to become swollen and twisted. Varicose veins appear large and bulge if left untreated along the surface of the skin. They can be painful and lead to venous insufficiency. If left untreated, varicose veins can cause swelling, increased pain, skin discoloration, and ulcerations of the lower legs that may turn into slow healing wounds. 
 

Risk factors for varicose veins include:
  • Prolonged periods of standing
  • Family history
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Previous blood clots or vein surgery

diagnosis, treatment and technologies

screening

A visual exam of your legs is the most common way to diagnose varicose veins.  An ultrasound can also help determine how well the valves in your leg are working.  Our team of highly-trained physicians, technicians, and support staff can assess the best treatment options for you. 

lifestyle adjustments and medications

There are many non- and minimally invasive ways to treat varicose veins. Lifestyle adjustments like more moving more frequently, regularly elevating your legs, and wearing compression stockings can help alleviate swelling. 

interventional and surgical treatment

The expert team at CMC also provides a number of surgical procedures to eliminate or reduce the appearance of varicose veins.  At CMC, we usually use a combination of treatments including laser and injection therapy. These include radiofrequency or laser ablation, which seals off the vein using heat; sclerotherapy, which uses a chemical injected into the vein to collapse it so blood no longer flows through; phlebctomy, a surgical procedure to remove the diseased vein.  In all cases, blood in the leg finds another way to the heart through other, healthy veins. 

Dr Patricia Furey

Treating painful and unsightly varicose veins

Dornier Medilas D FlexiPulse Laser

State-of-the-art, high performance laser treatment

Complimentary Vein Screening Clinic

If you’ve been wondering about the cause of your varicose veins, aching, itchiness, pain, heaviness and/or swelling in your legs, join the experts at CMC’s New England Heart & Vascular Institute for a complimentary 15-minute vein screening clinic. Our board-certified vascular surgeons and vascular sonographers will help you identify potential problems and recommend treatment options so you can maintain your overall health.

Clinics are held the second Thursday of the month, from 5–6 PM at CMC's Vein & Vascular Specialists in Bedford. Reserve your spot today!

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