Do you have painful, bulging, swollen varicose veins?

An estimated 300 million people globally have venous reflux disease.  Of those 17% are diagnosed.  Only 1% receive treatment.*

What causes varicose veins?

A leading cause of varicose veins is venous reflux disease and is a progressive condition caused by incompetent vein valves in the leg.  The disease develops when valves become dysfunctional and allow backward blood flow due to lack of valve closure.  This disease is progressive and symptoms can worsen over time if left untreated.

Signs and symptoms:

  • leg aches and pain
  • swelling
  • cramping
  • restless legs
  • leg heaviness and fatigue
  • open skin sores and ulcers
  • skin rashes
  • burning or itching skin

How does the VNUS procedure treat varicose veins?

The minimally invasive surgery approach eliminates or limits the pain and bruising during or after the procedure.  It involves one small incision for the insertion of the vein closure material into the diseased vein which is left intact.  The procedure can be completed in the General Surgery office.  

Patients usually experience relief of symptoms after two days with noticeable improvement in one to two weeks.  

How quickly could I resume normal activity?

The VNUS procedure is considered an outpatient surgery.  Patients receiving the VNUS procedure are able to walk immediately following the procedure and resume normal activities within one day.

Am I a candidate for the VNUS procedure?

Many factors contribute to the presence of venous reflux disease including:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family history
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Obesity
  • Standing profession

Having a screening, followed by medical management can help determine whether the VNUS procedure is the solution for you.

Is the VNUS procedure covered by insurance?

The VNUS Closure Procedure is covered in full or part by most insurance providers for patients diagnosed with venous reflux disease.  Speak to your insurance provider before seeing treatment.

How can I get screened for venous reflux disease?

You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Williams by calling 815-872-9491.


Varicose Veins Self-Assessment

Complete the following varicose veins self-assessment from the Minnesota Vein Center to determine if you are at risk for venous disease.

  1. Do you have bulging varicose veins?
       a) Yes     b) No      c) I'm not sure

  2. Do you have leg pain or swelling?
       a) Yes     b) No      c) I'm not sure

  3. Do you have burning or itching skin?
       a) Yes     b) No      c) I'm not sure

  4. Do you have heavy, tired, or restless legs?
       a) Yes     b) No      c) I'm not sure

  5. Do you have skin discolorations?
       a) Yes     b) No      c) I'm not sure

  6. Do you have open ulcers on your legs?
       a) Yes     b) No      c) I'm not sure

  7. Have any family members had varicose veins or been treated for vein disorders?
       a) Yes     b) No      c) I'm not sure

  8. Have any family members had a vein stripping?
       a) Yes     b) No      c) I'm not sure

  9. Do you sit or stand for long periods of time?
       a) Yes     b) No      c) I'm not sure

  10. Have you had multiple pregnancies?
       a) Yes     b) No      c) I'm not sure