Varicose Veins: Know Your Treatment Options

Varicose VeinsDid you know one in four Americans suffers from the condition, which is created by faulty valves within the veins which cause blood to back up or pool? Symptoms often include swelling and a persistent ache in the legs and ankles. Varicose veins may be accompanied by spider veins, which are small red, blue, or purple twisting veins which are easily visible through the skin, although they don’t protrude like varicose veins do. If you have varicose veins, you’re not alone. Learn what treatments are available for you.

Spider Veins Vs. Varicose Veins


Spider veins are mainly a cosmetic problem, but varicose veins can cause your legs to feel achy and tired nearly all the time. You may also experience a burning or tingling sensation and a feeling of heaviness in your legs as a result of varicose veins.

Treatments Available for Varicose Veins


Fortunately, there are several treatment options available at the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City. Our team of vein experts, led by Dr. Craig D. Barbieri, offers numerous options to get rid of your varicose veins. The good news is that they are all minimally invasive. Dr. Barbieri will be able to guide you to the best option for you depending on your condition.

Compression Stockings

Compression garments, such as custom-fit stockings, are usually the first step. These snug-fitting stockings help to increase blood flow and reduce pain and swelling. They can be used after other treatments, and also as a conservative preventive measure.

Radio Frequency Ablation

Through this procedure, our technicians heat the vein wall using temperature-controlled radiofrequency energy to shrink, collapse, and seal the problem vein. Once the vein has been closed off, blood naturally reroutes to healthy veins. The closed vein is treated as waste by the body and is eventually absorbed.

Laser Vein Ablation

This procedure is similar to Radio Frequency Ablation except that a laser fiber is inserted through the skin to accomplish the same end – shrinking and sealing of the problematic vein, which is then absorbed as waste by the body in a matter of weeks.

Sclerotherapy

This is a treatment wherein a concentrated saline solution is injected through a tiny needle resulting in the vein being absorbed by the body naturally over a period of several weeks. This treatment is used on varicose veins when ablation is not recommended. We can also use ultrasound guidance to help guide us to diseased veins ensuring accurate targeted treatment.

Arithena

This procedure is done with injections through ultrasound guidance. it is a “superfoam” mix of polidocanol, nitrogen, and oxygen used to treat larger or deeper veins that we are not able to use catheter ablation or phlebectomy to treat.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

For bulging surface veins, Ambulatory Phlebectomy is used to remove bulging, surface veins. The procedure is done in our office using local anesthetic. After the skin is numb, very small punctures are made and the vein is removed. The entire procedure takes 1-2 hours and the benefits are amazing! No stitches are needed, and there is only minimal downtime In fact, in most cases, you can resume your normal activities immediately following the procedure.

If you suffer from varicose veins, there’s no need to live with the constant pain. There’s a treatment option that’s right for you at the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City. Why not call us today at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online?

Why Is There No Such Thing as a Varicose Artery?

Varicose ArteryWe’ve all heard of varicose veins and we’ve probably seen them on people’s legs. They are the veins that stick out above the skin and look ropey and bumpy. There are two types of vessels that carry blood throughout our bodies – veins and arteries. So why is there no such thing as a varicose artery?

Arteries and Veins Do Different Things


Veins and arteries work together to move blood throughout the body. Arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart, while veins carry oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart. An easy mnemonic device to remember that is “A for ‘artery’ and ‘away’ (from the heart).” There is one exception to this general rule – the pulmonary vessels. The pulmonary veins transport oxygen-rich blood back to the heart from the lungs, while the pulmonary arteries move deoxygenated blood from the heart to the lungs.

Veins Have Valves to Help Move the Blood against Gravity


Because arteries are closest to the heart, they have to be able to withstand high physical pressure as the blood moves forcibly through them to be pumped to the entire body. They pulse with each heartbeat and have thicker walls to be able to handle all that pressure. Veins carry this blood back to the heart once the oxygen has been used by the body. They experience much less pressure but their big challenge is contending with the forces of gravity. Since their job is to get blood from the extremities back to the heart, many veins, especially those in the legs, have valves to prevent the backflow and pooling of blood.

Varicose Veins Occur When These Valves Fail


These valves act as one-way flaps to prevent blood from flowing backward as it moves up your legs.  Varicose veins occur when these valves fail. If the valves become weak, blood can leak back into the veins and collect there. When backed-up blood makes the veins bigger, they can become bulgy and bumpy – classic symptoms of varicose veins. Because arteries don’t have valves, there is no way for them to fail and cause a backup in the vessel. That explains why you never hear about varicose arteries.

If you have problems with your veins, give us a call at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online. Don’t live with the pain or unattractiveness of varicose veins. We can help!

Why Is There No Such Thing as a Varicose Artery?

Varicose ArteryWe’ve all heard of varicose veins and we’ve probably seen them on people’s legs. They are the veins that stick out above the skin and look ropey and bumpy. There are two types of vessels that carry blood throughout our bodies – veins and arteries. So why is there no such thing as a varicose artery?

Arteries and Veins Do Different Things


Veins and arteries work together to move blood throughout the body. Arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart, while veins carry oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart. An easy mnemonic device to remember that is “A for ‘artery’ and ‘away’ (from the heart).” There is one exception to this general rule – the pulmonary vessels. The pulmonary veins transport oxygen-rich blood back to the heart from the lungs, while the pulmonary arteries move deoxygenated blood from the heart to the lungs.

Veins Have Valves to Help Move the Blood against Gravity


Because arteries are closest to the heart, they have to be able to withstand high physical pressure as the blood moves forcibly through them to be pumped to the entire body. They pulse with each heartbeat and have thicker walls to be able to handle all that pressure. Veins carry this blood back to the heart once the oxygen has been used by the body. They experience much less pressure but their big challenge is contending with the forces of gravity. Since their job is to get blood from the extremities back to the heart, many veins, especially those in the legs, have valves to prevent the backflow and pooling of blood.

Varicose Veins Occur When These Valves Fail


These valves act as one-way flaps to prevent blood from flowing backward as it moves up your legs.  Varicose veins occur when these valves fail. If the valves become weak, blood can leak back into the veins and collect there. When backed-up blood makes the veins bigger, they can become bulgy and bumpy – classic symptoms of varicose veins. Because arteries don’t have valves, there is no way for them to fail and cause a backup in the vessel. That explains why you never hear about varicose arteries.

If you have problems with your veins, give us a call at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online. Don’t live with the pain or unattractiveness of varicose veins. We can help!

Can Varicose Veins Be Fatal?

Can Varicose Veins Be FatalThe short answer is yes, but very, very rarely can varicose veins be fatal. Varicose veins are a slow progressing disease that usually causes discomfort and pain, but rarely leads to a life-threatening problem. The cases where someone died from varicose vein disease are few and far between and usually involve a hemorrhage of the vein. These hemorrhages occurred when a patient’s vein burst from swelling caused by varicose veins. This is in no way a common occurrence. At the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City, when we examine our patients, we are are trained to look for and recognize potentially hemorrhagic varicose veins. When we something concerning, we will offer advice on how to treat these veins to avoid any major hemorrhaging.

Complications of Varicose Veins

While complications from varicose veins are rare, they can also occur. Here are the most common complications:

Skin Ulcers – A discolored spot on the skin usually begins before an ulcer forms. A skin ulcer develops when an area of skin breaks down to reveal the underlying flesh. Ulcers are caused by long-term fluid buildup in these tissues, caused by increased pressure of blood within affected veins. Venous leg ulcers mainly occur just above the ankle. See your doctor immediately if you suspect you’ve developed an ulcer.

Blood clots – Inflammation, discoloration, or ulceration of the skin or swelling of the calf or leg is typical of problems related to the deeper veins, especially a blood clot. Any sudden leg swelling warrants urgent medical attention because it may indicate a blood clot – a condition known medically as deep vein thrombosis or DVT.

Bleeding – Occasionally, veins very close to the skin may burst. This usually causes only minor bleeding. But, any bleeding warrants medical attention because there’s a high risk it can happen again.

Should you experience any of these problems, see a doctor immediately.

Almost all varicose veins are uncomfortable at best and very painful at worst. Don’t live with the pain. See a vein specialist to learn all of your options. If you suffer from leg pain due to varicose veins, give us a call at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online. We can help.

We Changed Lillie’s Life for the Better…Let the Vein Clinic Help You!

Kansas City Varicose Vein TreatmentLillie suffered from varicose veins. Just being on her feet was painful, so little things like taking her daughter shopping were just not possible. Lillie came to us for treatment and we were able to help get rid of the pain in her legs and give her back her lifestyle and her freedom to do the things she wanted to do. Hearing how varicose vein treatment has changed lives for the better and how the staff at Vein Clinic help is the best part of our job.

“You have given me and my teenage daughter our lives back. I have NEVER been able to shop with her due to leg pain but after the very first treatment, I went to the department store for 4 hours. My daughter thanks you so much!”

Lillie B.

5 Different Treatment Options for Varicose Veins

Are you letting varicose veins and leg pain keep you from living your life to the fullest? Which little life pleasures are you sacrificing every day because of pain from varicose veins? You don’t have to live that way. You don’t have to live with the pain. At the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City, we have five different ways to help alleviate pain from varicose veins. One of those treatment options is right for you.

Come in for a Consultation

Don’t let fear keep you away. We promise we will do everything within our power to help you feel comfortable and at home when you visit our clinic. Our staff is extremely dedicated to treating our patients with the best of care. But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to what Rod had to say after his visit:

“The treatment has been very successful in eliminating the soreness and itching of my veins.  The entire staff is extraordinary.”

Rod S.

Stop Living with Varicose Vein Pain

Lillie’s story is just one example of the difference varicose vein treatment can make in your life. Maybe you’d like to go fishing or start walking for exercise or simply wear shorts again without fear of embarrassing varicose veins showing. Stop compromising and make a change for the better. It’s easy to do. Simply call us to schedule an appointment. Dr. Barbieri will explain all of your options and answer all of your questions.

Get your life back! Call us at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. Do it today and start living your life tomorrow.

Varicose Veins: Know Your Treatment Options

Varicose VeinsDid you know one in four Americans suffers from the condition, which is created by faulty valves within the veins which cause blood to back up or pool? Symptoms often include swelling and a persistent ache in the legs and ankles. Varicose veins may be accompanied by spider veins, which are small red, blue, or purple twisting veins which are easily visible through the skin, although they don’t protrude like varicose veins do. If you have varicose veins, you’re not alone. Learn what treatments are available for you.

Spider Veins Vs. Varicose Veins


Spider veins are mainly a cosmetic problem, but varicose veins can cause your legs to feel achy and tired nearly all the time. You may also experience a burning or tingling sensation and a feeling of heaviness in your legs as a result of varicose veins.

Treatments Available for Varicose Veins


Fortunately, there are several treatment options available at the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City. Our team of vein experts, led by Dr. Craig D. Barbieri, offers numerous options to get rid of your varicose veins. The good news is that they are all minimally invasive. Dr. Barbieri will be able to guide you to the best option for you depending on your condition.

Compression Stockings

Compression garments, such as custom-fit stockings, are usually the first step. These snug-fitting stockings help to increase blood flow and reduce pain and swelling. They can be used after other treatments, and also as a conservative preventive measure.

Radio Frequency Ablation

Through this procedure, our technicians heat the vein wall using temperature-controlled radiofrequency energy to shrink, collapse, and seal the problem vein. Once the vein has been closed off, blood naturally reroutes to healthy veins. The closed vein is treated as waste by the body and is eventually absorbed.

Laser Vein Ablation

This procedure is similar to Radio Frequency Ablation except that a laser fiber is inserted through the skin to accomplish the same end – shrinking and sealing of the problematic vein, which is then absorbed as waste by the body in a matter of weeks.

Sclerotherapy

This is a treatment wherein a concentrated saline solution is injected through a tiny needle resulting in the vein being absorbed by the body naturally over a period of several weeks. This treatment is used on varicose veins when ablation is not recommended. We can also use ultrasound guidance to help guide us to diseased veins ensuring accurate targeted treatment.

Arithena

This procedure is done with injections through ultrasound guidance. it is a “superfoam” mix of polidocanol, nitrogen, and oxygen used to treat larger or deeper veins that we are not able to use catheter ablation or phlebectomy to treat.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

For bulging surface veins, Ambulatory Phlebectomy is used to remove bulging, surface veins. The procedure is done in our office using local anesthetic. After the skin is numb, very small punctures are made and the vein is removed. The entire procedure takes 1-2 hours and the benefits are amazing! No stitches are needed, and there is only minimal downtime In fact, in most cases, you can resume your normal activities immediately following the procedure.

If you suffer from varicose veins, there’s no need to live with the constant pain. There’s a treatment option that’s right for you at the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City. Why not call us today at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online?

Do You Suffer from Shortsophobia?

ShortsophobiaSpring is finally here. That means sunshine, warm weather, shorts, and sandals. If you’re not exactly excited about showing your legs because of varicose or spider veins, you may be suffering from Shortsophobia. Symptoms include a fear of exposing the legs, excessive use of long pants, and lack of participation in summertime activities like hiking, biking, and swimming. Shortsophobia is most common in women, but men can suffer from it as well.

Shortsophobia Is Curable

The good news is we can help. Shortsophobia is curable! Don’t let varicose and spider veins keep you from enjoying life to its fullest. At the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City, we have many different ways to treat varicose and spider veins. You can have beautiful legs again! Let Dr. Barbieri and his staff put you at ease and come learn about all of your options. We offer four different ways to treat your varicose veins and three different ways to treat spider veins, so don’t put it off.

Treatments for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins, often dark blue in color, located near, or raised above the surface of the skin. We offer these treatment options:

Compression/Support Garments

Compression stockings are used to increase blood flow and reduce swelling, pain, and fatigue. These garments act as our “bandage” after treatment and can help reduce the speed of disease progression.

Radio Frequency Ablation

This procedure involves heating the vein wall using temperature-controlled radio-frequency energy to shrink and seal the problem vein. Once the vein has been closed, blood is naturally rerouted to healthy veins. The closed vein is treated as waste by the body and is absorbed over time.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure which involves the injection of a concentrated solution through a tiny needle resulting in the vein being absorbed by the body naturally.

Laser Vein Ablation

A laser can be used by placing a catheter inside the vein to shrink and seal the problematic vein with the same results realized from radio-frequency treatments.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

This is a procedure done in our office using a local anesthetic to remove bulging, surface veins. After the skin is numb, very small punctures are made and the vein is removed. No stitches are necessary. Patients can expect to resume normal activity immediately following.

Treatments for Spider Veins

Spider veins are delicate and tend to develop in clusters. While they are oftentimes asymptomatic and only unsightly, they may be associated with burning, itching, aching, and heavy legs that tire easily. We offer these treatment options:

Compression/Support Garments

Compression stockings are used to increase blood flow and reduce swelling, pain, and fatigue.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure which involves the injection of a concentrated solution through a tiny needle resulting in the vein being absorbed by the body naturally.

Laser Therapy

A laser can be used on the surface of the skin to treat spider veins.

Come talk to us and let us help you love your legs again! The Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City, is IAC accredited so you can choose us with confidence.

We hear our patients say, over and over again, “I wish I would have done it sooner”. Don’t suffer from Shortsophobia this summer. Do something about it. Call us at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online to make an appointment today.

6 Simple Tips for Healthier Veins

tips for healthier VeinsMost people who suffer from varicose veins or spider veins have genetics and heredity to thank. While you have no control over your genetic makeup, you can control things in your environment that can lead to more severe vein problems. Luckily, most of these things are easy to change simply by paying a bit more attention. Here are six simple ways to keep your veins healthy:

1. Start Cutting Those Calories

We will start with the hardest one – changing your eating habits. If you’re overweight, you have probably wanted to do this anyway. Think of your vein condition as just another little voice urging you on. Excess weight stresses veins, making it harder for them to send blood back to your heart.

That makes pressure increase in the valves, making them more prone to leakage, pooling blood, and the bulge associated with varicose veins. You don’t have to go on an extreme diet. Just start making healthier choices one day at a time.

2. Load Up on Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential to the production of collagen and elastin, which are vital to toning and strengthening your veins. You can take a vitamin, but the best way to get more vitamin C is by eating the right foods. The following foods contain lots of vitamin C, so be sure to eat as many as possible on a daily basis:

  • Fruits – oranges, papaya, strawberries, kiwi, mangos, guava and pineapple
  • Veggies – kale, bell peppers, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts

3. Increase Fiber Intake

Most of us don’t eat enough fiber, and without it, we get constipated. Constipation leads to straining which, believe it or not, damages the valves in your veins, which makes it hard for them to send blood to your heart. So load up on fiber-rich foods like oats, flaxseed, apples, carrots, peas, barley and beans. Challenge yourself to find new ways to incorporate them into your meals and recipes.

4. Drink More Water!

To make all that fiber work to keep your bowels operating smoothly, it’s essential to drink a lot of water. Shoot for 64 ounces a day. That’s eight, eight-ounce glasses or roughly four 16.9 ounce bottles of water.

If you increase your fiber without increasing your water, it will have the opposite effect and make you even more constipated! Also, make sure the water you drink isn’t minimized by dehydrating drinks like alcohol, soda, coffee and caffeinated tea.

5. Eat More Colorful Foods

Brightly colored fruits and veggies contain compounds known as bioflavonoids.They’re what give these foods their bright color and protect them from insects and microbes. They also have the ability to improve the appearance of varicose veins.

Various studies have found the bioflavonoids can strengthen the walls of blood vessels, as well as obstructing free radical stress inside vessels. Some can even reduce swelling and ease pain. It makes perfect sense, then, to eat lots and lots of them! Try them all and you’re sure to find a few new favorites.

6. Get a “Leg Up” on Travel

Travel can mean you’re likely to be sitting in a car or on a plane for extended periods of time. If you are going to be traveling, follow these tips to make sure the blood flow to your legs isn’t compromised:

  • Wear your compression stockings
  • Dress in loose, comfortable clothing
  • Take regular stretch breaks, preferably in an upright position
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated – and avoid having a cocktail if you’re flying to your destination. Alcohol is dehydrating.

You can accomplish all of these goals if you just take it one day at a time. The secret is incorporating them into your everyday behavior so they become the new “normal” and your new habits!

If you’re concerned about spider or varicose veins, or are experiencing vein-related symptoms, be sure to visit an IAC accredited vein clinic like the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City for an evaluation or call (913) 541-3377.