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The Vein Care Center at Olathe Medical Center offers patients the most progressive and minimally invasive treatment available, radio frequency ablation. Performed with local anesthesia in our comfortable outpatient center, the procedure is safe and effective, involving less pain and shorter recovery time than other vein treatments.

What are Varicose Veins?

Though not always visible, varicose veins typically are enlarged veins raised above the surface of the skin. Most noticeable when standing, they may appear blue or purple and have a bulging, rope-like appearance. In addition to being unsightly, varicose veins can cause other problems, ranging from pain, fatigue and swelling to more serious skin and tissue problems.

How They Develop

Veins carry blood from the body back to the heart. One-way valves in the veins keep blood flowing in that direction. When the valves are damaged, the blood flows backwards and pressure builds up in the veins. The veins become enlarged and twisted because they are congested with blood. These enlarged veins are called varicose veins.

Risk Factors

Family history of varicose veins
Inactivity (sitting or standing for long periods of time)
Leg injury

Signs and Symptoms

For many people, varicose veins cause no pain. They are simply unsightly dark blue, twisted bulges beneath the skin. For others, there are symptoms but no visible signs. Whatever your concerns, this condition often develops into a very real problem, causing significant discomfort and decreased quality of life.

Symptoms of a leg vein disorder include

Skin discoloration
Ulcers and non-healing sores

Treatment & Recovery

Radio Frequency Ablation

Radio frequency ablation uses radio frequency energy (electricity) to eliminate varicose veins. After using ultrasound to map the course of veins, the physician guides a catheter through a small incision in the diseased vein, then applies pulses of energy to heat and contract the collagen within the walls of the veins. Once the varicose vein has been ablated, blood flow is automatically rerouted through healthier adjacent veins. The procedure typically takes about an hour, and there is virtually no downtime. Most people return to normal activities immediately, though you may be asked to avoid strenuous exercise. Following the procedure, a compression wrap is placed on the treated leg. You will be asked to wear that wrap for 24 hours or less and then return for a follow-up with our physicians. Recovery is typically rapid and mild, with any discomfort or bruising managed by over-the-counter medications.

Are you a candidate for treatment?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, we suggest attending a free screening or calling to schedule an exam with one of our physicians.

___1. Do you experience tired, heavy-feeling legs?

___2. Do you get leg pains from prolonged sitting or standing?

___3. Do you develop swollen ankles by the end of the day?

___4. Do you have large varicose veins (greater than ¼”)?

___5. Do you suffer from tingling, numbness, burning or cramping of the legs or feet?

___6. Do you have a family history of vein problems?

___7. Do you have skin discoloration on your lower legs?

___8. Do you have hard-to-heal ulcers or sores on your lower legs?

___9. Are you 40 years of age or older?

___10. Are you obese?

___11. Are you female?

___12. If female, have you had one or more children?

*This self-assessment is not a substitute for medical advice and care from your physician.

Free Screening

The Vein Care Center offers free screenings and informational sessions* each month. Call 913-768-3104 to sign up.

*Medicare and other federal healthcare beneficiaries are limited to a free informational session.