Vein care

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If varicose and spider veins cause discomfort, call the specialists at Spectrum Health. We offer a full range of treatments to improve your health and appearance—so you feel more comfortable.

What are varicose and spider veins?

Varicose veins are visibly enlarged, twisted veins just under your skin. Spider veins are smaller twisted veins just under your skin. Both types of veins are most common in the legs.

When to see a doctor

Varicose and spider veins can be a sign of an underlying health problem. See a vein specialist at Spectrum Health if you don’t like the way your veins look or you experience:

  • Bleeding varicose vein
  • Feelings of heaviness or pain in your legs
  • Sores or rashes near your veins
  • Swollen legs
  • Red, swollen, tender veins

Accredited vein center

Spectrum Health Medical Group Vein Center in Grand Rapids is accredited as a vein center by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). So, you know we’re dedicated to achieving the highest standards in caring for you.

Your Spectrum Health vein center team includes:

  • Registered Vascular Technologists® who specialize in performing vascular ultrasound
  • Physicians who hold certification in interpreting vascular ultrasound
  • Physicians with advanced training in vascular surgery

Diagnostic tests

Your first appointment includes an ultrasound to help us learn more about your veins. Your doctor uses the results of your ultrasound to help create your custom treatment plan.

Treatments options

Spectrum Health offers a full range of evidence-based vein treatments, including:

  • Compression stockings – Improve circulation and reduce pain and swelling
  • Phlebectomy – Removes varicose veins
  • Laser therapy – Uses light energy to eliminate spider veins
  • Radiofrequency ablation – Uses heat to close a damaged vein
  • Sclerotherapy – Injects medicine into a vein to make it shrink
  • VenaSeal™ closure system – Uses a medical adhesive to seal off damaged veins

After your vein procedure

Most procedures can be performed in your doctor’s office and require little or no recovery time.

For best results, follow your doctor’s directions on how to care for yourself after your procedure, such as:

  • Avoid air travel or long car rides (more than two hours) for one or two weeks after sclerotherapy
  • Avoid the sun for four weeks after laser therapy or sclerotherapy
  • Wear compression stockings as instructed

Blood clot risk

If you have varicose veins, you may have a higher risk of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in your body, such as in your legs or pelvis.

If you have DVT, we’ll create a care plan to help prevent clots from growing and putting you at risk of serious health problems.

Paying for care

Contact your insurance provider to learn what tests and treatments your plan covers. See insurance plans accepted at Spectrum Health.

If your doctor recommends compression stockings, ask about our free measurement service.