UI Hospitals and Clinics

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. Effective treatment options are now available. The University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center Vein Clinic treats a variety of vein problems with cutting-edge treatments and procedures.

Conditions Treated

  • Leg ulcers – Wounds or open sores that can be difficult to heal or may reoccur. These ulcers may be related to venous insufficiency and usually required treatment to promote.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – A blood clot deep in the 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 – Small superficial veins, or vein clusters, that may appear red, blue or purple. These veins may be unsightly, cause pain, burning, itching or aching.

Procedures Offered:

  • Microsurgery/stab phlebectomy (also called ambulatory phlebectomy) – 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) – 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.
  • Sclerotherapy – 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.

The UI Vein Center and Vein Surgery Services are available for patients at both the main hospital campus and at Iowa River Landing. Iowa River Landing is located at the Coralville interchange on Interstate 80 (exit 242) and offers patients easy access to free parking, several amenities, and a state-of-the-art building for delivering outstanding patient care.