If left untreated, the Varicose Vein Disease can become more serious. And Dr. Carl Black from Intermountain Vein says seeing the bulging vein isn’t the only problem.
Nearly 25% of women and 18% of men will suffer from varicose veins caused by abnormal, backward blood flow. Varicose veins often cause pain, unsightly bulging and leg swelling. However, the visible bulging varicose veins are often only the “tip of the iceberg.” Left untreated, this serious medical condition may lead to disabling edema, skin ulceration, blood clots and poor circulation.
Technological advancement in treatment and diagnosis has dramatically improved vein care. The mainstay of treatment used to be a painful, stripping surgery requiring anesthesia and prolonged recovery. Utah Valley’s Intermountain Vein Center offers state-of-the art treatment with minimally invasive techniques. Abnormal veins are typically treated with an outpatient procedure using either laser or radio-frequency energy. A tiny catheter is pulled through the inside of the abnormal vein. The energy cauterizes the vein to permanently stop further blood flow. Recovery is short — most patients resume normal daily activity within hours of treatment.
The treatment philosophy at the Intermountain Vein Center is one of teamwork. The experienced staff includes seven board certified interventional radiologists, two full-time nurse practitioners and a two full-time vascular sonographers. Together they bring a variety of synergistic experience and perspective that combine to provide state-of-the-art comprehensive vein treatment.
The goal is first to comprehensively diagnose any and all sources of venous reflux. All potential sources of abnormal backward flow in veins are identified using ultrasound and in some cases, angiography (venography). Only after patients undergo a thorough diagnostic evaluation is a treatment plan formulated.
The Intermountain Vein Center, one of the busiest vein treatment centers in the Intermountain West, is a referral center for many of the area’s toughest patients.
The center meets the challenge by providing the best in in-office diagnostics and treatment options, while also having access to high-tech hospital-based equipment through its associations with local hospitals.
While there are definite cosmetic benefits to varicose vein treatment, the doctors at the Intermountain Vein Center are quick to point out that varicose vein disease is a serious medical condition. Their goal is to help preserve and restore healthy venous circulation.
For more information on the Intermountain Vein Center, call 801.379.6700 or visit us online at www.ivein.com. Free screenings are available. Don’t miss our annual Mother’s Day Screening event at the Provo City Library on May 4th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.