Varicose vein center in Salt Lake City, Utah
St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah provides varicose veins treatment to people living with pain and skin discoloration due to varicose veins.
For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please call (801) 262-3564.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins, also called spider veins, are swollen and enlarged veins. Veins are one-way channels that transport blood to the heart, however, when a valve within the vein becomes damaged, blood pools in the vein. This creates the spider vein look just under the surface of the skin.
Though spider veins can appear anywhere on the body, they are most commonly found in the legs.
Anyone can develop spider veins, however, the following factors provide greater risk:
- A job where you stand or sit a lot
- Pregnancy, hormones and birth control pills
- Extra weight or lack of exercise
Symptoms of varicose veins
For some people, varicose veins are never a problem. For others, the spider veins can cause discomfort, as well as embarrassment because of the discoloration. You may find your spider veins symptoms are worse at the end of the day due to extended sitting or standing.
Varicose veins may cause:
- Leg cramps
- Enlarged, twisted and swollen veins that are visible through the skin
- Achy, tired and heavy feeling in the area of the varicose veins
- Burning or throbbing pain in the legs
- Swollen legs
Severe cases of varicose veins may cause discoloration, rashes or sores that are difficult to heal.
Varicose veins treatment in Salt Lake City, Utah
St. Mark’s Hospital offers two varicose veins treatments to remove varicose veins in the most comfortable way for you. Both treatment options, the VenaSeal Closure System and thermal heat closure procedure, are minimally invasive.
General surgeon Dr. Angelo Chachas specializes in spider veins treatment in Salt Lake City and Draper, Utah. He is the first, and one of the only, providers in Utah to offer the VenaSeal Closure System.
Closure System for varicose veins
The VenaSeal Closure System delivers special medical adhesive into the diseased vein to close it. The VenaSeal Closure System provides patients with less pain and bruising and a faster recovery than the traditional thermal heat closure technique.
This treatment option may not be covered by your health insurance provider.
Thermal heat for varicose veins
The thermal heat closure procedure for varicose veins requires a thin catheter to be inserted into the vein to deliver radiofrequency energy. This heats up the vein wall, causing it to close.
What to expect after varicose vein treatment
You can typically resume your regular activities after spider veins treatment, however, your surgeon may suggest a walking regimen or refraining from strenuous activities and prolonged standing.
Most patients see symptoms improve within one to two weeks after the procedure.