Vein Clinic

Whether it is unsightly varicose veins or dangerous blood clots, venous disease impacts more than 25% of the population of the United States, but there are options. The University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center Vein Clinic treats a variety of vein problems with cutting-edge treatments and procedures.

Procedures and Conditions Treated

  • Leg ulcers – These are wounds or open sores that can be difficult to heal or may reoccur. These ulcers may be related to venous insufficiency.
  • Microsurgery/stab phlebectomy (also called ambulatory phlebectomy) – This is an outpatient procedure that uses small incisions, or nicks, in the skin to remove accessory varicose veins. This procedure is usually performed with local anesthetic and is well tolerated.
  • Catheter occlusion (venous ablation) – This is an outpatient procedure that uses a catheter inserted into the vein through a small puncture to heat (via laser or radio frequency) and close/seal a vein.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – This is a blood clot that is in the deep venous system that may cause partial or total blockage of the vessel. This is a serious condition and should be treated by a physician to prevent further complications.
  • Spider veins – These are small superficial veins, or vein clusters, that may appear red, blue or purple. These veins may be unsightly, cause pain, burning, itching or aching.
  • Sclerotherapy – This is an outpatient procedure that treats varicose veins by injection of a chemical to stop flow of the blood in the vessel, no anesthetic is used. This procedure usually requires more than one treatment and is generally used for small to medium size vessels.

Beginning in October 2012, several of our vein surgery services will be available for patients at Iowa River Landing. Located at the Coralville interchange on Interstate 80 (exit 242), UI Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa River Landing offers patients easy access, free parking, several amenities, and a state-of-the-art building for delivering outstanding patient care.

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