Treating Varicose Veins: Are You a Candidate?

treating varicose veins: are you a candidate

With summer quickly approaching, varicose veins could be holding you back from showing off your legs. If you’re ready to eliminate your varicose veins and have healthy, attractive legs once again, the team at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic can help you.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are caused by venous insufficiency, a condition where the deoxygenated blood has difficulty traveling from the legs back up to the heart. Venous insufficiency occurs when the tiny, one-way valves inside the vein become weakened or damaged and fail to function properly, causing the backflow and pooling of blood within the veins. This is usually manifested by the appearance of swollen, bulging, ropy varicose veins.

Symptoms of venous insufficiency

Other than the unpleasant appearance of varicose veins, venous insufficiency can also cause painful, uncomfortable symptoms. Symptoms may include:

  • Leg pain, aching or cramping
  • Burning or itching of the skin
  • Leg or ankle swelling
  • Heavy feelings in the legs
  • Skin discoloration or texture changes
  • Restless feelings in the legs
  • Open wounds or sores

Treating varicose veins with endovenous laser ablation

At Northern Illinois Vein Clinic, we offer a wide variety of solutions to treat your vein disease. One of the most successful treatments we offer is endovenous laser ablation, or EVLA. EVLA is a minimally invasive, quick, convenient and practically painless procedure that is performed in-office without anesthesia… or discomfort.

To perform EVLA, a tiny catheter is inserted directly into the vein. The catheter emits light energy to heat the vein wall, forcing it to close down. Over time, the blood will reroute to other, healthier veins, and the diseased vein will eventually be absorbed by the body naturally.

Are you a candidate?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of varicose veins, and you’re ready to have healthy legs again, then may well be a candidate for varicose vein treatment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gilvydis and his experienced team of vein specialists, call Northern Illinois Vein Clinic today at 855-591-1357.