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How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen veins that have developed weakened walls and damaged valves.  They often appear swollen and twisted just below the skin’s surface. Since they are no longer effectively transporting blood, the best treatments for these diseased veins eliminate them, re-routing the blood through healthier veins.  Dr. Craig Schwartz, owner and medical director at Premier Vein and Body by Schwartz, provides each patient with a personalized diagnosis and treatment plan to help them obtain the best possible medical and cosmetic results. 

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What Are Varicose Veins?

Although varicose veins may occur in various parts of the body, they most often occur in the legs. Typically unsightly, with a thick, twisted appearance and blue or purple pigmentation, varicose veins are often caused by venous reflux, which often causes many uncomfortable symptoms in the affected limb(s), including heaviness, aching, and swelling.  Since vein disease is progressive and will not improve on its own, patients suffering from varicose veins should seek a proper medical diagnosis and follow-up treatment plan.

What Treatments Get Rid of Varicose Veins?

At Premier Vein and Body, we have several treatments to eliminate both the visible varicose veins, as well as the source of the diseased veins. A visual exam and ultrasound diagnostic test will guide Dr. Schwartz in determining the best treatment plan for your condition. 

Treatment options at Premier Vein and Body include:

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)

Also known as laser closure, this technique uses the Sciton Pro-V Laser System, the gold standard in treating the source of varicose veins deep within the venous system.  Using ultrasound guidance, Dr.Schwartz inserts a very tiny laser fiber, via a needle, into the diseased vein causing the reflux. The laser fibers transfer the laser energy to the walls of the vein as heat, causing the vein to collapse and close off.  After the vein collapses, the body needs about four to six weeks to remove it, so visible results are not immediate. The blood is then re-routed to healthier veins. 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

The Ambulatory Phlebectomy procedure addresses the superficial, visible bulging veins that many patients with vein disease present with.  Dr. Schwartz will make an incision about a millimeter in length and insert a special “hook” instrument, removing the visible bulging varicose vein from the body.  While the Endovenous Laser Ablation treats the Greater Saphenous Vein, deep within the venous system and the source for varicose veins, Ambulatory Phlebectomy eliminates the actual visible veins known as “varicose veins”.  Once these bulging veins have been removed, blood redirects to healthier veins. 

Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) is a specialized treatment that addresses surface and branch varicosities. While endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) addresses the larger Greater Saphenous Vein, UGS is effective in treating the complex, winding branches of veins that feed into the larger vein. The procedure is both safe and very effective. It involves injecting a sclerosant medication into the diseased veins using ultrasound mapping, causing the veins to close. Your body will eventually dissolve these veins and absorb them.

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at 913-451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

Is There Any Downtime With Varicose Vein Treatment?

Dr. Schwartz will recommend a personalized treatment plan to you after a full ultrasound study of your affected leg(s), which may include one or all three of the above-mentioned procedures. No matter if you have just one or all three procedures on your leg(s), all patients will be able to stand and walk around after finishing treatment. You will need to wear a compression garment for a few days to maintain pressure on the treated areas, and all patients return to their regular daily activities by the next day.  Dr. Schwartz’s will provide you with instructions on when you can resume more strenuous activities such as exercise.

How Long Do Varicose Vein Treatments Take to Work?

Although you will feel some immediate relief if you were symptomatic, we always tell our vein patients that their legs will look worse before they look better while the system eliminates the closed veins from the system. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Varicose Vein Treatments?

If you notice visible bulging veins or have symptoms mentioned above in one of your legs, schedule a vein consultation with Kansas City’s most trusted vein specialist, Dr. Craig Schwartz. All three treatments are safe and effective and performed right in the comfort and convenience of our beautiful Kansas City practice using just local anesthesia.

Dr. Schwartz will discuss your medical history, including any allergic reactions, blood clots, or other health issues. He will also screen you for any deeper underlying circulatory problems that might be causing your varicose veins. Varicose veins usually respond well to treatment, and you quickly find relief from the symptoms, even as you await the final cosmetic improvements.


*Individual Results May Vary


Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

Take the Next Step

If you have further questions about varicose vein treatment, you can call us at (913) 451-8346 or complete our online contact form and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you. Premier Vein & Body is located in Kansas City, MO, and proudly serves Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content in this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If anyone has a medical concern, they should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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