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Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large, abnormal veins close to the skin surface that often look like large ropes or clusters of grapes under the skin. They occur when veins fail to circulate properly and blood begins to pool, enlarging them. These visible, bulging veins can usually be traced from the upper inside of the thigh, sometimes branching extensively into the calves, ankles, and even into the foot. They are usually greater than 3mm in diameter and often greater than 10 mm.

Varicose veins may be regarded as a cosmetic nuisance for some, but for others, they can be quite painful. Symptoms in the leg can be an indicator of venous insufficiency.

  • Heaviness
  • Throbbing
  • Resting pain
  • Resting cramps
  • Restless legs
  • Leg fatigue
  • Burning sensation
  • Swelling (especially around the ankle)

In some cases, serious health problems may be present or may develop as a result.

Dr. Pittman is the first in Mid-Willamette Valley to treat patients with varicose veins (venous reflux disease) using the VenaSeal™ closure system.  It’s a new, minimally invasive procedure that uses an advanced medical adhesive to close the diseased vein in patients with symptomatic venous reflux disease.

After VenaSeal

Before VenaSeal

“Varicose veins may be a sign of a more serious condition known as chronic venous insufficiency, which in severe cases, can result in lifestyle-limiting lower leg pain, swelling, skin damage, and ulcerations,” said Dr. Pittman, who is board certified in venous and lymphatic medicine. “The VenaSeal™ closure system is a new and innovative treatment option that improves blood flow by closing the diseased vein. The system has demonstrated effective clinical results and patients can often quickly return to normal activities.”

The VenaSeal™ closure system is the only procedure to use medical adhesive to close the vein, with high success rates across three clinical trials. Additionally, patients treated with the VenaSeal™ closure system often have minimal bruising and can return quickly to normal activities.

Unlike other heat-based treatments, the VenaSeal™ closure system does not require tumescent anesthesia (multiple injections of a dilute local anesthetic), and eliminates the risk of burning or nerve injury associated with thermal based procedures.

VenaSeal™ procedures are conducted in our Salem, Oregon vein center. For more information or to make an appointment, call 503-362-8385.