November 19, 2017

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An Easier Solution for Varicose Veins

varicose veinsVaricose veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn. They usually develop in the legs and can be seen through the skin. Varicose veins are often genetic, although aging, being overweight or pregnant or having a job that requires long periods of standing can lead to varicose veins, too.

What are Varicose Veins?

Many people with varicose veins complain of pain, described as an aching or cramping in the legs. Other symptoms include:

  • Swelling in your feet, ankles or legs
  • Swelling and calf pain after standing or sitting for long periods of time
  • Itching over the vein
  • Changes to your skin including color changes, dry and thinned skin, inflammation or scaling
  • Open sores or you blood after a minor injury

As many as 40 million Americans, most of them women, have varicose veins. These veins, once they appear, are permanent unless they are treated.

In the past the only option for varicose veins was surgery. This meant incisions in the groin and calf so the vein could be pulled out of the leg. It was a painful procedure with a lengthy recovery time.

Patients at Willmar Surgery Center and ACMC-Marshall Surgery Center are finding relief easier with vein ablation – a simple, minimally invasive alternative to surgery that gets you back to your normal activities within a day and without any scars.

“We are able to use a laser or high-frequency radio waves inside the vein to close off diseased veins and redirect blood through the healthier veins,” said ACMC general surgeon Dr. Robert Kruger. “The vein ablation procedure is a safe, quick, outpatient procedure, and many patients begin to feel relief immediately.”

Whether treatment is appropriate and which treatment is best depends on the size of the varicose veins, their position, their level of cosmetic concern and other factors your surgeon will discuss with you. Dr. Kruger provides treatment options, which serve to ablate, or destroy, the problem veins from inside so that they no longer affect the appearance or function of the legs or other areas in which they occur.

“What many people don’t realize is how debilitating varicose veins can be. Sometimes it’s a simple nuisance, but they can turn into so much more. We can make it easier for our patients in the region to get treatment and get back to living their lives,” Dr. Kruger said.

Dr. Robert Kruger provides a full range of general surgery services including abdominal, laparoscopic, cancer, thoracic, vascular and trauma surgeries at Willmar Surgery Center. He also provides outreach to ACMC-Granite Falls, ACMC-Litchfield, ACMC-Marshall, ACMC-Redwood Falls.