Vein Ablation

More than 30 million people are affected by varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency in the U.S.  Without treatment, the disease can progress to swollen, painful legs and ulcers that can be debilitating and impact their quality of life.  Fortunately, with proper treatment, that outcome is preventable.


Venous Reflux

Venous reflux develops when the valves that keep blood flowing from the legs back to the heart no longer function properly, causing blood to pool in the legs.

Problems with your veins can present as:

  • Varicose veins
  • Swelling of legs or ankles
  • Leg heaviness and fatigue
  • Aching or cramping legs
  • Burning or itching skin
  • Restless legs
  • Skin changes or rashes
  • Ulcers or open wounds
Factors that contribute to the presence of venous reflux include:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family history
  • Heavy lifting
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Obesity
  • Prolonged standing

Floyd County Medical Center offers two types of procedures to treat venous insufficiency –ClosureFast and VenaSeal.

The ClosureFast procedure uses a tiny catheter to deliver heat to the vein wall, to shrink and seal the vein closed. The blood will reroute itself to other healthy veins. The VenaSeal procedure uses an adhesive to seal the vein closed.  Both procedures are done on an outpatient basis, requiring no anesthesia.  Studies have shown relief of symptoms within a couple of days. There is no downtime and you can return to normal activities the same day!

Don’t suffer from tired achy legs…  call 641.257.4309 for a vein screening and consultation with Dr. VanGilder

Insurance covers most procedures.  Your insurance company may require a trial of compression stockings prior to approving the procedure.