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Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Vein Program is a service of both interventional cardiologists in Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and vascular surgeons in Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence. Our interventional cardiologists and vascular surgeons have expertise in treating chronic venous insufficiency and associated vein conditions, such as varicose veins and spider veins.
This team also treat conditions and diseases of the peripheral vascular system ranging from carotid artery disease in the neck (including carotid artery stenosis and carotid artery dissection) to peripheral artery disease in the legs, arm artery disease in the upper extremities, arterial disease in the abdomen, and aortic aneurysms (abdominal and thoracic), among many others. Learn more about our Peripheral Vascular Program.
Varicose veins are very common and experienced by millions of people. These prominent leg veins often have no symptoms, but in some people, they ache. When varicose veins throb, it can be a sign of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a condition caused when blood pools in your leg veins. For most, varicose veins are not a serious disorder. However, if CVI progresses, you may be at risk for developing venous ulcers, a wound condition that requires medical attention.
Health care providers with LVHN’s Vein Program are vascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists. They offer guidance to help improve your peripheral vascular health and provide comprehensive care if you if you develop advanced CVI. If you are looking for minimally invasive ways to help varicose and spider veins disappear, the Vein Program can help you with that goal too.
Vein treatment options
Many patients come to the Vein Program on their own, though you may be referred to the program by your primary care physician.
Initial therapy starts with non-invasive treatments including:
- Compression stockings/garment
- Elevating your legs
- Losing weight
If your condition does not improve, other therapies are available including:
- Endovenous radiofrequency ablation
- Venous ligation