Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that you can see just under the surface of the skin.

Painful varicose veins can be a symptom of chronic venous insufficiency–a condition that develops when the valves that usually keep blood flowing out of your legs become damaged or diseased.

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Symptoms May Include:
  • Pain, swelling (swollen limbs)
  • Leg heaviness and fatigue
  • Disfigurement (skin changes and skin ulcers)

Varicose Veins Self-Assessment

Take this quiz to see if you might be a candidate for additional screening for potential varicose veins and/or chronic venous insufficiency.

Varicose Veins Self-Assessment

Varicose Veins before and after

Varicose Veins Treatment

Interventional Radiologists at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and Herrin Hospital offer Venefit (™) (or radio frequency ablation), a fast and less painful way to treat superficial venous reflux—the underlying cause of varicose veins. A thin catheter is inserted into the vein through a small opening. The catheter delivers thermal energy to the vein wall, causing the diseased vein to close—thus re-routing blood flow through healthy veins.

Venefit (™) Benefits:

  • Minimally invasive outpatient procedure
  • Less bruising and swelling
  • Fast, mild recovery

How do I know if Venefit (™) Closure is right for me?

To determine if you are a candidate for the Venefit (™) procedure, make an appointment with your doctor or visit the “Find a Doctor” section of our website. Your doctor will determine if the Venefit (™) Closure procedure is right for you!

Preparing for Varicose Veins Treatment

  • Your appointment will last 2 to 3 hours
  • Take your routine medications as you normally would (unless otherwise instructed)
  • Make sure to tell your doctor about any allergies—especially to any local anesthetic medications, general anesthesia or contrast materials containing iodine
  • You may be advised by your doctor to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) or blood thinners for a specified period of time before your procedure
  • Do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to procedure
  • Shower before your procedure—No shower after procedure for 24 hours
  • Shave the operative leg and 1-2 inches in the pubic area on that side.
  • Do not use moisturizer or lotion on the day of procedure
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Bring someone to drive you home
  • Follow-up ultrasound appointment will be scheduled after your procedure