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Varicose Vein Clinic

Varicose veins affect 80 million Americans. Approximately 25 percent of the adult population has varicose veins and a family history of them. This often painful condition develops when blood pools in the veins, stretching and twisting them. Women are affected four times more than men. UnityPoint Health Vein Clinic offers safe, effective and minimally invasive treatment options such as endovenous therapy and sclerotherapy.

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Varicose veins usually develop between the ages of 20-35 and increase with age. Those who are overweight have a greater tendency to develop varicose veins and prolonged standing, sitting, leg crossing and long hot showers are other aggravating factors.

Due to recent advancements, there are new options for people who suffer from varicose veins. We offer safe, effective and minimally invasive treatment options.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, weakened, dilated veins that have permanently lost their ability to carry blood from the legs back up to the heart against the force of gravity. As the blood falls back down the leg and pools, the veins overfill giving them their typical unsightly bulging appearance.

Varicose veins cause tired, heavy, aching, throbbing, swollen legs, which are typically worse at the end of the day. Nighttime leg cramps and leg restlessness are also common problems caused by varicose veins. These symptoms will go away when treated. If left untreated, varicose veins may worsen and lead to the formation of blood clots (thrombosis), inflammation of the vein (phlebitis) and inflammation of the skin (dermatitis).

What causes varicose veins?

Heredity is the number one contributing factor causing varicose veins. Other contributing factors include:

  • pregnancy
  • obesity
  • hormone-containing medications
  • standing for long periods
  • traumatic leg injury or injuries

How can varicose veins be treated?

The UnityPoint Health Vein Clinic offers a comprehensive, non-surgical approach which includes two treatment options; sclerotherapy and endovenous laser treatment (EVLT). Neither option requires anesthesia, hospitalization or surgery. These procedures are performed our office. You can be back on your feet resuming normal activities the same or next day.


During sclerotherapy, your doctor injects a chemical into your varicose vein. The chemical irritates and scars the vein from the inside out so your abnormal vein can no longer fill with blood. Circulation is carried out through your healthy veins located deeper within the body, so the outward appearance and sometimes pain associated with the varicose veins is significantly reduced. Your body will eventually absorb the vein that received the injection. Small to medium sized varicose veins respond best to this procedure.

Laser Treatment

Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is another way to treat varicose veins, including larger sized veins. Your doctor inserts a tiny fiber into a varicose vein through a catheter. A laser light is emitted through the fiber. As the fiber is pulled back through the vein, it delivers just the right amount of light. The targeted tissue reacts with the light energy, causing the vein to close and seal shut. The veins that are closed are superficial veins that handle less than five percent of the body's blood flow. The blood is automatically routed to other, healthy veins.

Why consider these options?

  • Results can be immediate and have a high success rate.
  • Significant relief from discomfort such as aches, heaviness and pain
  • More efficient blood circulation
  • An improved body image and confidence in one's appearance
  • A minimally invasive, quick and easy treatment option
  • You can return to your daily activities immediately

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