If you answer TRUE to any of the questions below, you could be suffering from varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency. The best way to discover the source of your leg pain is to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.
Your first step to better looking, better feeling legs is to schedule a consultation by calling 866.Fix.Vein today or make an appointment online by submitting the “Schedule your appointment” form located throughout the website.
You can also scroll down below the quiz to learn more about vein disease, our treatments and insurance/payment options.
Varicose Vein Assessment Quiz
Decatur Vein Clinic treats a number of conditions and disorders caused by chronic venous insufficiency (poor blood flow in the veins). CVI can cause a number of conditions including varicose veins, spider veins, restless legs syndrome and venous stasis ulcers.
The affects of CVI are not only unsightly but can also be a sign that something more serious is going on in the legs beyond the surface of the skin.
Varicose veins appear swollen, lumpy, ropey and sometimes twisting on the surface of the skin. People with bulging and/or lumpy varicose veins on their legs may experience aching and heaviness. Sometimes, if left untreated, the varicose veins may rupture, or form open wounds (venous stasis ulcers) on the surface of the skin.
Varicose veins are caused by chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), which is a condition wherein the veins cannot pump enough blood back to the heart due to damaged or “incompetent” valves. The malfunctioning veins cause blood to pool in the vein and cause bulging, which most people recognize as varicose veins.
Spider veins are those small blood vessels that crop up on the surface of the skin. They often appear small, web-like and are red or purple in color. A related type of vein disorder may appear bluish-green and can have a marbled appearance.
Eliminating these unsightly veins can improve self-confidence and allow you to feel good about putting on a pair of shorts! After treatment, our patients tell us that they’re looking forward to the summer because they feel much better about the way their legs look.
Venous stasis ulcers
Venous stasis ulcers are most common in patients who have a history of leg swelling, varicose veins, or a history of blood clots in either the superficial or the deep veins of the legs.
Ulcers are wounds or open sores that will not heal without treatment. An ulcer may or may not be physically painful but the patient may experience swelling and/or burning and itching in the affected area. There may also be a rash, redness, brown discoloration or dry skin.
Venous stasis ulcers are generally located below the knee on the inner part of the leg, just above the ankle. Ulcers usually appear red in color and may be covered with yellow fibrous tissue. There may be a green or yellow discharge if the ulcer is infected. Fluid drainage can be significant.
Decatur Vein Clinic uses minimally-invasive procedures to treat vein disorders. We do not practice vein stripping, which is a painful, outdated method with a relatively high rate of recurrence.
Most Decatur Vein Clinic patients can expect to return to normal activities immediately following their treatment. Our medical staff works with each patient to design a treatment plan specifically based on the patient’s need. Our administrative staff works to educate the patient on available insurance benefits and help gain coverage for the patient.
Our treatment plan includes:
A consultation with our board-certified health care providers
You’ll meet one-on-one with a physician or nurse practitioner who will discuss your symptoms and conduct a physical examination of your legs. We’ll be able to determine your general health, investigate in detail your symptoms and discuss your medical history or any previous vein treatment or therapies.
Doppler ultrasound or “vein mapping”
After your consultation, you will receive a “vein mapping” (ultrasound) to get images and measurements of your veins. Our mapping method is the most extensive in the industry, which allows us to see the precise flow of your venous blood and find out if your vein valves are damaged and causing your symptoms.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is a minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment alternative to the painful and outdated practice of surgical stripping. Instead of removing the greater saphenous vein, the vein is sealed closed in place using a laser.
The skin on the inside of the leg is anesthetized and a catheter-bearing a laser fiber is inserted into the great saphenous vein. Pulses of laser light are delivered inside the vein, which causes the vein to collapse and seal shut.
EVLT is done at our clinics under local anesthesia. Following the procedure, a bandage or compression hose is placed on the treated leg. Patients are able to walk immediately after the procedure and most individuals are able to return to work the next day.
Endovenous Laser Treatment is FDA-approved for the treatment of the greater saphenous vein.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
In most cases, Decatur Vein Clinic uses Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (USGS) in order to ensure our patients have the lowest chance possible of their varicose veins returning.
While our EVLT (laser treatment) is used to shut down larger malfunctioning veins, USGS is used after the laser treatment to shut down any smaller, nearby veins that are malfunctioning and may cause recurrence.
Decatur Vein Clinic also uses USGS in conjunction with EVLT in order to treat and heal venous stasis ulcers. Venous ulcers heal when blood reroutes to healthier vessels and there is no longer a pooling of blood from the varicose veins.
Our professional, friendly staff has helped thousands of patients regain confidence in their legs and get back on their feet. If you’re ready to live life to the fullest with better looking, better feeling legs, you’ve come to the right place.
Call 866-Fix-Vein for more information or submit a request via the website.
Insurance and payment options
Decatur Vein Clinic accepts most insurance including Medicare and Medicaid. For any payment due beyond insurance we will work with you to develop a payment plan that fits your budget. We will accept cash, check, debit and all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express).
We also now accept Care Credit, a convenient, low-interest way to manage your health care payments.
Questions? You can call our billing office at 866-218-4060 during regular business hours Monday-Friday.