Kathy's Story

Aerobics instructor, Kathy Alexander, spends her days helping others get more active. But until recently, she couldn't wait to get off her feet after long days teaching. Read How Kathy Broke Free from Varicose Veins.

 

Free Screening

The Vein Care Center offers free screenings and informational sessions* each month. Call 768-3104 to sign up, or use the link below in Related Events.

*Medicare and other federal healthcare beneficiaries are limited to a free informational session.

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Vein Care Center

Vein Care Center

Freedom from tired, painful legs

Stop living with tired, painful, swollen legs. With the latest, clinically proven and minimally invasive vein treatment, the Vein Care Center can give you the freedom to do what you love, with comfort and confidence.

The Vein Care Center at Olathe Medical Center offers patients the most progressive and minimally invasive treatment available, radio frequency ablation. Performed with local anesthesia in our comfortable outpatient center, the procedure is safe and effective, involving less pain and shorter recovery time than other vein treatments.

Our specialist, Dr. Kevin Gould, is ready to help you. Contact the Vein Care Center for a free screening and personalized evaluation of your treatment options. With the resources and expertise of Olathe Health behind it, the Vein Care Center is the right choice.

Schedule Your Vein Care Appointment: 913-768-3104

Vein Care Center
21080 W. 151st St.
(Located just across the street and to the west of Olathe Medical Center)
Olathe, KS 66061

Am I A Candidate for Treatment?

If you answer yes to these questions, we suggest attending a free screening or calling to schedule an exam with one of our physicians.

• Do you experience tired, heavy-feeling legs?
• Do you get leg pains from prolonged sitting or standing?
• Do you develop swollen ankles by the end of the day?
• Do you have large varicose veins (greater than 1/4")
• Do you suffer from tingling, numbness, burning or cramping of the legs or feet?
• Do you have a family history of vein problems?
• Do you have skin discoloration on your lower legs?
• Do you have hard-to-heal ulcers or sores on your lower legs?
• Are you 40 years of age or older?
• Are you obese?
• Are you female?
• If female, have you had one or more children?

*This self-assessment is not a substitute for medical advice and care from your physician.

What are Varicose Veins?

Though not always visible, varicose veins typically are enlarged veins raised above the surface of the skin. Most noticeable when standing, they may appear blue or purple and have a bulging, rope-like appearance. In addition to being unsightly, varicose veins can cause other problems, ranging from pain, fatigue and swelling to more serious skin and tissue problems.

How Do Varicose Veins Develop?

Veins carry blood from the body back to the heart. One-way valves in the veins keep blood flowing in that direction. When the valves are damaged, the blood flows backwards and pressure builds up in the veins. The veins become enlarged and twisted because they are congested with blood. These enlarged veins are called varicose veins.

Risk Factors

Varicose veins are one of the most common chronic conditions in this country, affecting about 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men, typically between the ages of 30 and 70. Women are more likely to get them, mainly due to hormonal influences and other factors during pregnancy, including increased blood flow and pressure in the veins.

In addition to age and gender, several other factors may lead to the development of varicose veins:

• Family history of varicose veins
• Inactivity (sitting or standing for long periods of time)
• Obesity
• Leg injury
• Smoking
• Age

Signs & Symptoms

For many people, varicose veins cause no pain. They are simply unsightly dark blue, twisted bulges beneath the skin. For others, there are symptoms but no visible signs. Whatever your concerns, this condition often develops into a very real problem, causing significant discomfort and decreased quality of life.

Symptoms of a leg vein disorder include:

• Pain
• Swelling
• Fatigue
• Restlessness
• Burning
• Heaviness
• Skin discoloration
• Rash
• Ulcers and non-healing sores

Treatment & Recovery

Radio Frequency Ablation
Radio frequency ablation uses radio frequency energy (electricity) to eliminate varicose veins. After using ultrasound to map the course of veins, the physician guides a catheter though a small incision in the diseased vein, then applies pulses of energy to heat and contract the collagen within the walls of the veins. Once the varicose vein has been ablated, blood flow is automatically rerouted through healthier adjacent veins.

Treatment Recovery
The procedure typically takes about an hour, and there is virtually no downtime. Most people return to normal activities immediately, though you may be asked to avoid strenuous exercise. Following the procedure, a compression wrap is placed on the treated leg. You will be asked to wear that wrap for 24 hours or less and then return for a follow-up with our physicians. Recovery is typically rapid and mild, with any discomfort or bruising managed by over-the-counter medications.

Schedule Your Vein Care Appointment: 913-768-3104