The Vein Care Center at Research Medical Center was established with a vision to provide quality vein care for patients in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. For individuals experiencing the symptoms of varicose veins/chronic venous insufficiency, we offer clinical evaluation, non-invasive diagnostic testing and minimally invasive treatment options.

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Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic Venous Insufficiency in leg veins

Chronic Venous Insufficiency is a progressive medical condition in which the veins that carry blood from the legs toward the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs and the veins to swell. Varicose veins, which are often misunderstood as a purely cosmetic issue can progress to this more serious condition if left untreated. Of the approximately 30 million Americans affected by Chronic Venous Insufficiency, only about 1.9 million seek treatment annually. Without treatment, those with the disease may experience progressive symptoms that can be debilitating and significantly impact quality of life. In fact, more people lose work time over vein disorders than from artery disease.

Symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency

  • Varicose veins
  • Leg heaviness and fatigue
  • Leg or ankle swelling
  • Leg pain, aching or cramping
  • Skin changes
  • Ulcers

Risk Factors for Chronic Venous Insufficiency

before and after images showing that therapy reduces the appearance and texture of veins on a patient's leg

Before and After

  • Family history of varicose veins
  • Increasing age for both men and women
  • Deep Venous Thrombus
  • Pregnancy
  • Occupations requiring prolonged standing
  • Obesity

Treatment for Chronic Venous Insufficiency

In addition to conservative, non-invasive treatments, Midwest Physicians Vein Care Center uses VNUS ClosureFAST™ and other modalities which replaces vein stripping in the management of venous insufficiency. The procedure which takes less than an hour is done using local anesthesia in the comfort of our office. This treatment has no incisions and a much more rapid recovery than vein stripping. Most patients report feeling little, if any, discomfort during the procedure and are able to immediately return to most daily activities.