What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are bulging, twisted blood vessels in the legs that often cause heavy, tired, or achy legs. Sometimes these veins signal underlying problems, such as peripheral vascular disease. Varicose veins begin to surface when valves within the vein can no longer effectively pump blood toward the heart. As a result, blood begins to pool in the veins, which causes them to enlarge. Our Vein and Laser Center in Cape Girardeau offers an effective outpatient treatment.
Varicose Veins Treatment in Cape Girardeau
Located in the Heart Hospital, the Vein and Laser Center provides advanced treatment and technology for varicose veins. Our center in Cape Girardeau uses the revolutionary CoolTouch CTEV™ laser to close varicose veins so blood bypasses them and circulates to healthy veins instead. Saint Francis was the first facility in southeast Missouri to use this advanced technology.
This minimally invasive, outpatient treatment clears up varicose veins within days or weeks depending on the severity of the condition. Patients experience virtually no pain, scarring or bruising following the procedure, which requires just a minor incision and no stitches. Dr. John C. Wiggans, a board certified thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon on staff at the Medical Center, thoroughly evaluates each patient prior to deciding on a treatment for varicose veins.
Procedures are often covered by insurance. Coverage for varicose veins treatment can vary depending on the diagnosis and previous medical therapies, such as the use of support stockings. Our Vein and Laser Center staff works with patients to balance treatment options with the coverage offered by their insurance plans.
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