Brownwood Regional Medical Center offers complete vein care close to home with the goal of restoring legs to a normal, healthy and pain-free state. We treat both men and women with varicose veins—enlarged, rope-like blood vessels that are swollen and raised above the skin’s surface. People are often bothered by how they look, but varicose veins can also be painful and itchy, cause numbness, heaviness, swelling, rashes and even ulcers.
Welcome to Brownwood Regional Vein Care Center. We’re dedicated to giving patients the care they need to have legs that not only feel better, but look better, too. It is our goal to restore legs to their healthy, pain-free state with treatment that’s individualized to each patient’s needs.
The Vein Care Center physicians uses the latest non-surgical techniques to treat vein disease, including new minimally-invasive techniques that help patients get back to their normal activities sooner. No general anesthesia or hospitalization is required.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged “rope-like” veins – blood vessels that are swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. They can be flesh-colored, dark purple or blue. They are commonly found on the back of the calves or the inside of the legs. However, they may form anywhere on the legs, from groin to ankle.
What causes varicose veins?
Varicose veins result from abnormal inner walls or abnormal valves in these blood vessels. Blood is carried through arteries from the heart to the rest of the body and returned to the heart through the body’s veins, called the venous system. Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps, preventing blood from backing up and pooling. When these one-way valves don’t work properly, blood may flow backwards, causing the veins to enlarge and swell. The technical terms for this condition are venous reflux or venous insufficiency.
How common are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are very common, affecting millions of Americans. Varicose veins are more prominent in women, but affect 15 to 20 percent of men, as well. One out of every two people over the age of 50 suffer from this condition.
What are the risk factors for varicose veins?
What are the signs and symptoms of varicose veins?
In many cases, varicose and spider veins cause no symptoms. However, these veins are often unattractive and may become painful. Prolonged sitting or standing can irritate symptoms. Common symptoms include:
When should you seek medical advice?
Self-help measures may help ease the pain of varicose veins and may prevent them from getting worse. But if the way they look and feel becomes a concern or if self-help measures are not successful, then it’s time to see a physician.
How are varicose veins treated?
Several options are available for treatment. After your consultation and ultrasound evaluation, the doctor will recommend the best plan of treatment for your needs. Welcome to Brownwood Regional Vein Care. We’re dedicated to giving patients the care they need to have legs that not only feel better, but look better, too. It is our goal to restore legs to their healthy, pain-free state with treatment that’s individualized to each patient’s needs. Eric Wiley, M.D., uses the latest non-surgical techniques to treat vein disease, including new minimally-invasive techniques that help patients get back to their normal activities sooner. No general anesthesia or hospitalization is required.
Eric Wiley, M.D.
Member of the Medical Staff at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
The minimally-invasive endovenous approach treats the superficial veins of the leg. This method has replaced traditional stripping surgery for the vast majority of patients with severe varicose veins in the leg. The therapy is called endovenous because it is performed within the vein itself by using a catheter – a very thin, flexible tube. Once inside, the catheter sends out laser energy that damages, shrinks and seals the vein wall. Veins on the surface of the skin that are connected to the treated saphenous vein are then removed with a technique called micro-phlebectomy. Healthy veins around the closed vein restore the normal flow of blood in the leg. As this happens, symptoms from the varicose veins improve. The procedure is performed with local anesthesia. Patients are able to walk immediately afterward, and generally return to normal activity in a couple of days. Endovenous treatment of varicose veins has been used for several years with excellent results.
What should I expect after the endovenous procedure?
After the procedure you will wear a special support stocking for two weeks. There will be some bruising, which is normal, and should disappear in 4-6 weeks. You may also experience some mild discomfort, tingling and/or tightness in the treated leg, which should go away in one to two weeks.
Does my insurance cover treatment?
Most insurance companies cover treatments for varicose veins that are medically necessary, and in cases when conservative therapy with “compression” stockings has failed. Any treatment for cosmetic reasons, including sclerotherapy, is not usually covered.
How can I get more information?
For a personal consultation, please ask your physician for a referral.
1501 Burnet Drive
Brownwood, TX 76801