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Many women experience a painful condition known as pelvic congestion syndrome as a side effect of pregnancy. This condition - and a medical treatment known as coil embolization - recently made the news when featured in the UK's Daily Mail. Tiny coils inserted into the neck are proving to be an effective treatment for women with pelvic congestion syndrome. These coils seal off damaged veins to improve circulation, reduce pain and lower the risk of life-threatening complications of varicose veins in the ovaries.

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Are your legs itchy? Not just the occasional itch, but a persistent, nonstop itching that can’t be satisfied with a scratch? The kind that keeps you up at night?

Itchy legs are one of the most common early warning signs of varicose veins. Many people visit Advanced Radiology with itchy legs and a lot of frustration after struggling to stop scratching and unsuccessfully trying to soothe their skin.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Varicose-vein-anim.jpgVaricose veins are dark, swollen, and twisted. They are often seen through the skin. They develop mostly in the legs and feet, and for some people, they’re simply a cosmetic concern. But for many others, they are very painful and represent a significant health risk. Varicose veins occur when the veins swell with blood as a result of increased pressure in the veins of the lower body.Pressure that increases with standing or walking for extended periods of time, day in and day out, as a result of some jobs or activities. Learn more about varicose veins and if you are at risk for developing this condition, and read up on some varicose vein prevention tips.

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Most people recognize varicose veins because of their appearance. Telltale signs of varicose veins are large and swollen veins, often visible under the skin. They are red or blue in color and typically appear in the legs. While varicose veins are unsightly or embarrassing for patients, they are also extremely painful. Traditional treatments for varicose veins help patients manage the day to day symptoms and pain, but there are new cutting-edge treatments available that allow patients to live a pain-free life.

Varicose veins are caused when one-way valves located in veins do not function properly. Normal functioning valves block blood from flowing back toward the heart. Valves that do not function properly allow blood to leak and blood backs up in the leg causing swelling. This swelling is extremely painful as it stretches as the vein stretches to accommodate the backup of blood.

Typical symptoms of varicose veins include intense throbbing, a feeling of heaviness, aching or itching in the legs and at times swelling in feet and ankles. Severe symptoms include acute pain after standing or sitting, changes in skin color, dry skin patches and the development of painful sores or skin ulcers on the legs or feet. Blood clots are also a dangerous result of varicose veins that cause life-threatening situations.

The risk of developing varicose veins increases with age, and typically women more women are diagnosed with varicose veins as a side effect of hormonal changes throughout the life cycle. Being overweight or obese also increases the chance of developing varicose veins. Genetics and leading a sedentary lifestyle also contribute to a varicose vein diagnosis.

After being diagnosed with varicose veins, patients will likely receive a care plan from their physician that includes self-care options for treatment. Most varicose vein treatment plans include uses compression socks to decrease swelling and keep blood moving in the right direction. Compression socks may be worn intermittently or for extended periods of time depending on the severity of swelling. Patients are also encouraged to increase physical activity when possible, and avoid sitting or standing for long periods. Patients that have developed skin sores or ulcers should receive directions for caring for their wounds to prevent or treat infections.

Even with these treatments, varicose veins worsen over time. Additional therapies such as laser ablation, sclerotherapy, and micro phlebectomy treat varicose veins and quickly eliminate pain. These treatments are nonsurgical and allow patients to return to return to normal activity quickly. Dr. Michael Budler, M.D., offers these therapies, as well as thermal coagulation, to allow patients to live a pain-free life. "Laser ablation and other therapies allow patients to experience immediate relief from varicose vein pain," says Budler.

Laser ablation therapy is a minimally invasive treatment offered by Budler at his Advanced Radiology practice in Grand Island, Nebraska. During laser ablation, physicians insert a laser probe through a small incision in the vein. This probe transmits laser energy into the vein and seals the vein shut, rerouting the blood to other healthier veins. Ablation therapy is over 99 percent effective for varicose vein sufferers and recovery is minimal.

Microphlebectomy is another minimally invasive procedure to treat varicose veins and eliminate varicose vein pain. Microphlebectomy involves the removal of the damaged vein through small incisions. Patients stay awake during the procedure and patients are able to quickly return to normal activity.

Small varicose veins, often called spider veins, are treated with nonsurgical options such as sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a solution into the affected veins, causing their collapse. Blood is then redirected to healthier veins. Recovery from sclerotherapy is approximately one month.

Spider veins and veins that are close to the skin’s surface are treated with thermal coagulation. This procedure uses a probe inserted through a small incision to heat up the damaged vein, causing its eventual collapse. Like other procedures, this collapse causes normal blood flow to resume as blood is being rerouted to healthy vessels.

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Veins are vessels that carry blood from your body's tissues to your heart. Standing and walking creates extra pressure, sometimes resulting in swollen (varicose) veins in the legs and feet. Varicose veins can be very embarrassing for some people, causing them to never show their legs or feet in public. They also come with physical discomfort in some cases and may even result in more serious conditions.

Visibly dark veins are a bodily signal that there is an abnormal flow of blood, causing extra pressure. Symptoms that are a cause for concern include aching, pain, heaviness, fatigue, itching, burning, throbbing and swelling. Varicose veins are a common problem, however there are certain factors that increase your risk for experiencing them. Some examples are age, gender (women are more susceptible), pregnancy, being overweight and leg trauma. 

We like to keep a close eye on our patients' dark veins because they can cause blood clots, skin ulcers or other problems. If necessary, we can provide a laser treatment that helps the blood flow reroute to healthy veins with no down time. Dr. Allen of Advanced Radiology Group was the first to perform laser ablation of varicose veins in Nebraska. We Are also the only group in the country to have been awarded the AngioDynamics EVLT award Excellence for three consecutive years in 2009, 2010, and 2011 for outstanding success in laser vein treatments. 

Our doctors have over 25 years of experience with minimally invasive vein treatment. If you experience any symptoms that could be related to over pressured veins, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to help! Advanced Radiology Group offers treatment in Omaha, Lincolin, Grand Island, Fremont, Kearney, York and Crete.  


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