Varicose Veins Specialist

Polaris Vein Center

Amanda S. Cooper, MD

Vascular & Interventional Radiology & Varicose Vein Specialist located in Columbus, OH

If you’re among the 35% of Americans who have varicose veins, cutting-edge treatments can end your embarrassment and discomfort. Polaris Vein Center in the Columbus, Ohio, area, offers wide-ranging varicose vein solutions. Vascular & Interventional Radiologist Amanda Cooper, MD, and her experienced team offer unmatched personal attention to your needs. They always take the time to understand how your varicose veins affect your life, and they’re happy to answer questions and offer support at every stage of treatment. For the best in varicose vein care, call the office or click on the online scheduler now.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins protrude from the skin’s surface. They can look like knotted and twisted blue- or purple-colored ropes standing out on your skin. A varicose vein is a diseased vein. Because it’s not functioning properly, blood pools in the vein to stretch it out. 

Varicose veins are quite obvious visually — and they’re often an embarrassment, which is why many sufferers refuse to expose their legs. In addition to the cosmetic issues, varicose veins often cause a variety of uncomfortable and irritating symptoms. 

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Varicose veins are easy to recognize on sight, but they’re often obvious in other ways, too. They can cause many difficult symptoms, including: 

  • Itching
  • Fatigue
  • Burning
  • Leg pain
  • Tingling
  • Heaviness
  • Soreness
  • Throbbing
  • Cramping
  • Night cramps
  • Restless legs
  • Swollen legs
  • Discoloration of skin around the veins 

Untreated varicose veins can potentially cause other problems like venous ulcers, which describe open skin sores around your ankles that aren’t healing. Diseased veins cause 70-90% of lower leg ulcers.

What causes varicose veins? 

If vein valves don't function properly, blood flows back down the leg and accumulates inside the vein, a condition called chronic venous insufficiency. That pooled blood can swell the veins, leading to varicose veins. 

New varicose veins are often a sign of chronic venous insufficiency. Certain factors can increase your risk of varicose veins, including obesity, older age, being female, and family history of vein disease. However, anyone can develop vein disease, regardless of age, gender, or race. 

What are the treatment options for varicose veins? 

Polaris Vein Center offers a wide variety of varicose vein solutions, all of which are minimally invasive. The team uses the latest technology to treat patients in an outpatient setting. Some of the varicose vein treatment options include: 

VenaSeal™

VenaSeal is a varicose vein sealing procedure in which a medical adhesive glues the vein’s walls shut to bring on blood redirection and vein withering.

ClariVein™

ClariVein is a minimally invasive procedure that combines mechanical vein destruction with sclerotherapy to treat the vein and its root causes. 

Venclose RF™

Venclose RF is a radiofrequency vein ablation procedure in which internal heating forces vein walls to shrink and close off.

Ambulatory phlebectomy

In an ambulatory phlebectomy, a local anesthesia procedure, your vein specialist creates tiny incisions to remove diseased veins in segments. 

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a foam or liquid sclerosant solution, which irritates vein walls to cause retraction and closure.  

Polaris Vein Center offers all of these minimally invasive procedures on-site for your convenience. Learn more about all of your vein treatment options by calling the office or scheduling online now.