Are varicose veins holding you back?
- Do you have large, bulging veins?
- Do you have leg pain, aching, or cramping?
- Do you have leg or ankle swelling, especially at the end of the day?
Take the self-assessment and allow our team to deliver the results you need and deserve.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are a very common, and often unsightly and painful problem visible just under the surface of the skin. Although typically occurring in the legs and ankles, they can also form in other parts of the body. Approximately 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men in the United States suffer from this condition. Women are especially prone to suffer from varicose veins because of pregnancy. Heredity has been shown to be a contributory factor as well as certain occupations with prolonged sitting or standing.
How do varicose veins develop? Compared with other veins in the body, leg veins endure the most pressure and have the toughest job of carrying blood back to the heart. To counteract the forces of gravity, veins have valves that prevent blood from flowing backwards as it is pumped back toward the heart. Over time, these valves can weaken, allowing the blood to pool inside the vein. This can cause the vein to distend, resulting in the “rope-like” appearance commonly associated with varicose veins. This condition can lead to a range of serious health problems, including blood clots, leg ulcers and poor circulation. Many individuals exhibit symptoms of venous insufficiency that include swelling, throbbing, cramping and restless legs.
Until now, the only effective treatment for large varicose veins was vein stripping, a painful and invasive surgical procedure with a lengthy recovery period. Now patients have the option of several new non-surgical therapies that can be performed in a doctor’s office.
Using ultrasound, a catheter is positioned into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter powered by radiofrequency energy delivers heat to the vein wall. As the thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall shrinks and is sealed closed. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins. See a video of the procedure here. Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the incision site and additional compression is provided to aid healing. Patients who undergo this procedure typically resume normal activities within a day.
According to medical research, these procedures are well tolerated by patients, and produce good cosmetic results with relief of symptoms. There is a 95 percent success rate reported on numerous studies.
Historically, the only treatment for large varicose veins has been to surgically remove or ‘strip’ the vein from the body. Surgical stripping is done in an operating room under anesthesia requiring considerable recovery period for the patient. More recently, a modified version of stripping known as ambulatory phlebectomy has grown in use. In this version of surgical stripping, multiple incisions are made to hook and remove the vein one portion at a time. The small size of the skin incision or puncture usually results in little or no scarring. More incisions are made than in standard vein stripping, but the damage to the leg and post-surgery recovery time are minimized.
Getting started with varicose vein treatment is easy. Simply contact your doctor or The Vein Center for an appointment to see if you are a candidate for this type of treatment. We offer the treatment in Las Colinas, Granbury, and Stephenville. Don’t let the pain and embarrassment of varicose veins hold you back.
Radiofrequency Ablation Videos
We want visiting Tuscan Vein Center to be easy, not a chore. So, we’ve provided a list of commonly asked questions that might be helpful to you. As always, if you don’t find the answer to your question here, feel free to call our office at (972) 253-2505.
What is vein disease?
Veins are the blood vessels that return blood to the heart from the body. To overcome the force of gravity, inside the veins are one-way valves which open to allow blood flow to the heart, and close to prevent “reflux” of blood back to the body. When these valves fail to function, or if the vein is damaged so the valves do not completely close, blood can begin to pool in the vein and cause a variety of vein complications.
What are the different types of vein disease?
Spider veins are the small, thread-like colored veins that are most often seen on the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are the large, rope-like veins which are often 1/4″ or larger in diameter. Varicose veins generally grow in size over time and can result in substantial pain and complications if not treated.
What can happen if varicose veins are not treated?
Varicose veins generally worsen over time. Initially, slight pain and restlessness in the diseased leg will be felt. If untreated, the pain will increase and additional symptoms such has heaviness, fatigue, itching, burning, and cramping at night may occur. Eventually, varicose veins can lead to open sores on the foot, blood clots and tissue loss.
What are the treatment options for vein disease?
Depending on the type and stage of vein disease, there are many different treatments. Dr. Overbeck can explain all of the options in our Las Colinas, Stephenville, or Granbury offices. The following are common treatments performed for vein disease, but not all are performed by Dr. Overbeck:
Compression Stockings For minor pain from varicose veins, a compression stocking may be beneficial. The compression stocking will assist the leg in the pumping of blood back to the heart. While the vein disease symptoms may be relieved, compression stockings will not make the varicose vein go away.
Sclerotherapy Used commonly for spider veins and small varicose veins, sclerotherapy involves injecting a small volume of a liquid into the diseased vein. The sclerosing liquid acts upon the lining of the vein. It is performed in a physician’s office and no anesthesia is required. Dr. Overbeck does not perform sclerotherapy in his office, however recommends the following physicians for the treatment of spider veins:
Lori D. Stetler, M.D. – Dallas http://www.dallascosmeticderm.com/
Chris W. Crawford, M.D. and Laura L. Sears, M.D. – Dallas http://dallasassocderm.com/
Michael R. Whetstone, M.D. – Las Colinas http://lascolinasplasticsurgery.com/
Todd Plott, M.D – Fort Worth http://www.dermatologyalliancekeller.com/
Radiofrequency Ablation Using ultrasound, a catheter is positioned into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The skin catheter powered by radiofrequency energy delivers heat to the vein wall. As the thermal energy delivers heat to the vein wall. As the thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall shrinks and is sealed closed. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins. Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the incision site and additional compression is provided to aid healing. Patients who undergo this procedure typically resume normal activities within a day.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy Historically, the only treatment for large varicose veins has been to surgically remove or ‘strip’ the vein from the body. Surgical stripping is done in an operating room under anesthesia and requires a considerable recovery period for the patient. More recently, a modified version of stripping known as ambulatory phlebectomy has grown in use. In this version of surgical stripping, multiple incisions are made to hook and remove the vein one portion at a time. More incisions are made than in standard vein stripping, but the damage to the leg and post-surgery recovery time are minimized.
Who should not be treated?
Patients should wait at least three months after pregnancy or major surgery before being treated for vein disease. Persons with deep vein thrombosis or incompetence, and patients who cannot ambulate are not good candidates for treatment.
If the vein is closed by treatment, where does the blood go?
Because there are many veins in the leg, the blood that would have flowed through the closed vein simply flows through other healthy veins after the procedure. The loss of the diseased vein is not a problem for the circulatory system.
What are the complications of vein treatment?
Common minor complications of procedures include bruising, mild itching, tingling, tenderness and tightness in the treated leg for up to two weeks, with maximum benefits seen 6 to 8 weeks after treatment.
Will insurance cover the treatment?
Many insurance companies and Medicare will cover the treatment of the vein disease that is associated with substantial pain and other complications, but individual insurance companies may limit the type of covered therapy.
How do I know if I have vein disease?
Fortunately, most vein disease can be seen by looking at the size and color of the vein at the skin surface. In some cases, however, the diseased vein may be deeper in the body and not visible through the skin. As a result, paying close attention to other symptoms is important in diagnosing vein disease. Many patients with vein disease experience cramping, aching, burning, itching, soreness or “tired” or “restless” legs, especially in the calf muscles. If you experience these symptoms, your physician can quickly and easily perform a test to determine if you have vein disease.
How common is vein disease?
Vein disease of the legs is one of the most common medical conditions. Approximately half of the population has some form of vein disease. Varicose veins affect between 15-25% of all adults, and approximately 50% of all people over the age of 50. Women have a higher incidence of vein disease than men.
How does vein disease occur?
The single most important cause of vein disease is heredity. Approximately 70% of all patients with varicose veins have parents with the same condition. Pregnancy, especially multiple pregnancies, is a contributing cause of vein disease. Other factors influencing vein disease are age, obesity and jobs which require long periods of standing.
Can vein disease be prevented?
Generally no. If you have a family history of vein disease, this is nothing you can do to change your genes. Being overweight can accelerate the progression of vein disease, and long periods of standing can also add to the problem. Diet and footwear are generally believed to be irrelevant in the formation of vein disease.
48 Year Old Male & Avid Golfer
I had large, rope like varicose veins for years, but they never really bothered me, except for aesthetically. They were terribly dilated and one eventually became ulcerated and painful. They just looked terrible and I was starting to worry about blood clots and pooling as I got older. That’s when I decided it was time to do something about them.
I’ve known Dr. Overbeck for years and completely trust him with my health. So, choosing a doctor was easy. When I had my consultation with Dr. Overbeck, he walked me through the whole process from the vein mapping, to the radiofrequency ablation, to the phlebectomy. He was very easy to talk to and understand and he answered all of my questions to put me at ease with the procedures.
Because of my insurance situation, amazingly, we completed the entire process in just under a month. The radiofrequency ablation that Dr. Overbeck did wasn’t painful at all. I walked out of the office after each procedure and within a week could stand for long periods of time, unlike before. Ela and Rebecca did the ambulatory phlebectomy. They did an excellent job and kept me completely comfortable during the procedure despite how large my veins were.
Not only do I feel much better, but honestly my legs sure look a lot better on the golf course now. Thank you Dr. Overbeck and Rebecca for the fantastic work you did!
68 Year Old Female
I’ve always had a problem with varicose veins. I inherited them and after having children they really became an issue. I was left with ugly legs at the early age of 22.
I had the painful procedure of vein stripping in my late 20s and it did nothing. For years, I thought I would have to live with this problem. I couldn’t sleep at night and would experience intense pain in my legs. Walking great distances was impossible.
I have been so self-conscious of my legs due to having the ugliest varicose veins ever, that I haven’t worn shorts or a bathing suit since my 20s. I won’t even wear dresses.
A friend of mine was having her veins taken care of in her 80s. So I thought to myself, if she could do this, so could I! When I was looking for a Cardiologist and came across Dr. Overbeck, he happened to be the same doctor that she used for her veins. So, I decided to see him for my heart and ask about the veins while I was there.
I felt very comfortable and relaxed during the procedures. They talked to me about everyday things while they were working. They are normal people with kids at home. It was a very comfortable setting. Dr. Overbeck is young and has a great attitude, but most of all he is a great doctor. And, I’m so happy that he’s my Cardiologist!
The best part of this procedure was it was covered by my insurance! I was in Dr. Overbeck’s office every other week over the course of three months having a treatment. I have never been happier with anything I’ve chosen to do in my life and I’m an 8 year cancer survivor of colon cancer. I was just thankful for that and that I’m here for a reason. I’m going to enjoy the rest of my life with beautiful legs.
I love to show my legs off to everyone and I can’t wait to buy cute little shorts.
I would strongly recommend any woman who has any doubts about what a good pair of legs can do for your self-esteem, it’s remarkable. I’ve started a walking club and walk 2 ½ miles every single morning rain or shine. My legs don’t hurt at all. It’s just amazing.
My advice to patients: On the health part, this prevents blood clots and things like that. If you want to live long and be able to exercise, ride your bike, or swim, you’ve got to have a healthy body. It’s the greatest way to point you in the right direction. I want to live to be 100 so I can keep showing off my legs!!
88 Year Old Female
My legs used to be swollen, and they are not anymore. I can actually see my ankles now!
The treatment was wonderful. The procedure was easy and painless. I really liked Dr. Overbeck.
I cannot thank Dr. Overbeck and his staff enough for what they did for me. I am just so happy to have my legs fixed. I would certainly recommend it to anybody.
56 Year Old Male & Pharmacy Employee
A few years ago, my primary care doctor referred me to a vein specialist. The specialist was confident it could be fixed. $14,000 dollars and three days of bed rest later….and it didn’t work. The specialist wanted to re-do it, but insurance wouldn’t pay for it a second time in the same year.
So, I just lived with the pain. My legs oozed. I limped and had to use a cane. At work, I would go back and forth standing on one leg to try to relieve the pain. But, I had to smile through the pain for my customers. I couldn’t wear boots anymore. There were nights that I would sit in my garage with my feet propped up on the freezer to keep them above my head to try to get the pain to go away. I couldn’t sleep at night from pain and pressure. Even just putting a sheet over my legs hurt.
Then, my mom saw an ad in Granbury Now magazine for Dr. Overbeck. I figured it was worth a try. I met Dr. Overbeck, Donna, and their team on a Friday. They said they could fix me. I thought, “I’ve heard that before.” Donna called on Monday with approval from my insurance company and scheduled everything.
I had my first Radiofrequency Ablation treatment on a Friday. Was back to work on Monday and felt good. By my follow-up appointment the following Friday, the pain was completely gone. I had three procedures on one leg and two on other leg over the course of five weeks. In that short amount of time, Dr. Overbeck made me feel like I was 20 again. I couldn’t believe it! Now I feel great at work and have even been dancing!
Dr. Overbeck and his whole team really know what they are doing, were concerned about my welfare, and are all sincere. Dr. Overbeck is a miracle worker. If there’s a problem with your veins, he’s the man to see.
65 Year Old Female
I had my veins treated with another vein doctor before I met Dr. Overbeck and it was horrible. It took 5 hours and wasn’t successful. I was very active, so the poor circulation, painful veins, and aching legs were a real problem.
Then, my primary care doctor referred me to Dr. Overbeck. I was nervous because of my previous experience, but was hopeful that because Dr. Overbeck was a Cardiologist that dealt with veins all the time that I would have a better outcome. Dr. Overbeck did an ultrasound, an exam, and put me at ease very quickly. He explained why my former procedure failed and explained in detail how he would treat my veins.
The whole team was wonderful from the ultrasound lady to Donna. I’m not a very good patient. I’m old and was in pain. But they were so patient with me and couldn’t have been nicer.
When it was time for the procedure, Dr. Overbeck walked me through the entire procedure again to calm me down. He was so understanding and kind. He ended up doing radiofrequency ablation on both legs and removed a vein over my knee. It improved my blood flow, gave me better circulation, and made me feel so much better. My outside veins aren’t as purple, my feet aren’t turning black any longer, they no longer ache, and they aren’t restless.
Donna called me after each procedure to check on me. And, she said to call with any questions. And, whenever I did, I got answers quickly and kindly from them. I was thoroughly impressed with their process and team from start to finish.
What would I tell patients considering varicose vein treatment? Be sure you get someone that knows what they are doing that has a lot of experience with it, like Dr. Overbeck. It made all the difference for me. I would go back to Dr. Overbeck in a heartbeat.