The HVC Team

Varicose Vein Treatment

Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic problem. If left untreated, they can sometimes progress to a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Upstate University Hospital offers a minimally-invasive procedure to eliminate varicose veins, or spider veins.  This procedure allows for a short recovery and a quick return to everyday activities.

Common Signs and Symptoms

If you have any of the following signs or symptoms you should see a vein specialist to learn more and to determine if you are a candidate for treatment:

Healthy varicose veins vs. Diseased Varicose Vein
  • Varicose veins
  • Leg heaviness and fatigue
  • Leg or ankle swelling
  • Leg pain, aching or cramping
  • Skin changes or rashes
  • Ulcers, open wounds or sores
  • Swelling

How much do you know about Varicose Veins?

Have you always thought varicose veins and spider veins are one-in-the-same? Are you hesitant about getting your varicose veins treated because you think the procedure is cosmetic and not covered by insurance? It’s time to separate fact from fiction.

MYTH: Varicose veins are cosmetic and cannot be treated.

Though often considered a cosmetic nuisance, varicose veins can sometimes progress to a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). If not treated, CVI can result in increasingly serious signs and symptoms, including leg pain, swelling, restlessness, skin damage and ulcers. If you think you have varicose veins or CVI, make an appointment today to learn about minimally-invasive treatment options.

MYTH: Spider veins are the same thing as varicose veins.

Spider veins and varicose veins are both caused by dysfunctional vein valves. However, spider veins appear as a nest of blue or red veins just under the skin's surface, but typically do not bulge above the surface like varicose veins. Varicose veins should be diagnosed and treated by a vein specialist to avoid progression to CVI, while spider veins are generally regarded as a cosmetic issue.

MYTH: Men are not at risk for developing varicose veins and CVI.

Men can develop varicose veins as well as more severe symptoms of CVI. In fact, 43 percent of men are expected to develop some form of venous disease by the time they reach their 60s.

MYTH: Insurance plans will not cover treatment of my varicose veins.

Treatment of varicose veins is covered by most insurance plans. Check with your individual insurance provider before seeking treatment.

Learn the Facts

Common Causes/Risk Factors

Varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) can affect anyone; gender and age are factors that may increase your risk. These conditions also tend to be more prevalent in women who have been pregnant, people who have a family history of CVI, or those whose jobs require them to spend a great deal of time standing.

CVI is a progressive disorder

Symptoms of CVI can worsen if left untreated. CVI signs and symptoms include swelling, fatigue, restlessness and pain in the legs, skin changes and ulcers.


Varicose Vein Removal and Treatment of Venus Insufficiency

  • Microplebectomy
  • Sclerotherapy
    • This is injection therapy for closing off varicose veins.

Treatment of Saphenous Vein Incompetence

  • Great Saphenous Vein Stripping
  • Endoluminal Ablation
Before & After

This pictures shows results of Venefit™ procedure treatment only. Cosmetic improvements may occur sooner with adjunctive procedures. *Individual results may vary. Photo courtesy of Vein Institute of the North Shore, Beverly, MA.

New Minimally Invasive Techniques

The Venefit™ Procedure

One of the procedures we perform is the Venefit procedure. This procedure is our preferred endoluminal ablation technique at Upstate University Hospital which is a minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency ablation (heat) to seal off the affected vein, so blood gets re-routed to other veins. The procedure is covered by most insurance plans and allows for a short recovery and a quick return to everyday activities.

  • Studies show lower rates of pain, bruising and minor complications when compared to other procedures.
  • Patients undergoing the Venefit™ procedure reported improvements in quality of life measures.