Northeast Regional Medical Center offers complete vein care close to home with the goal of restoring legs to a normal, healthy and pain-free state. We treat both men and women with varicose veins—enlarged, rope-like blood vessels that are swollen and raised above the skin’s surface. People are often bothered by how they look, but varicose veins can also be painful and itchy, cause numbness, heaviness, swelling, rashes and even ulcers.
If you have varicose veins, you're not alone. About 50 - 55 percent of women and 40 - 45 percent of men in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem, and varicose veins affect about half of Americans 50 years and older.1
Also called venous reflux disease, varicose veins don't go away without treatment. Venous reflux or venous insufficiency develops when the valves that usually keep blood flowing out of your legs become damaged or diseased. This may cause the blood to flow poorly, to pool and swell, or to even cause ulcers on the skin.
Northeast Regional Medical Center specializes in a minimally invasive catheter treatment option that usually offers less pain and bruising than traditional vein stripping and laser procedures. With this procedure, many patients are able to resume normal activities within one to two days.
For more information on the Vein Center and treatment options, please contact:
Kent Blanke, D.O.
Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Surgery-General
1 Office of Women's Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Varicose veins and spider veins fact sheet, June 2, 2010, http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/varicose-spider-veins.cfm#C
315 S. Osteopathy, PO Box C8502
Kirksville, MO 63501