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Avera Medical Minute: Treating Varicose Veins

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Tana Foss of Sioux Falls had varicose veins on her left leg, but had a an inpatient procedure done at Veradia to get rid of them. Tana Foss of Sioux Falls had varicose veins on her left leg, but had a an inpatient procedure done at Veradia to get rid of them.

Varicose veins are one of the most common, chronic conditions affecting people worldwide.  In the past, the only treatment option for these painful bulging veins was a surgery that included a painful long recovery time, luckily that is a thing of the past.  We went to Veradia in Sioux Falls and met a local woman whose leg went from bulging to beautiful without one bout of pain.

Tana Foss hasn't worn shorts in 15 years and she sure wouldn't have been caught dead on television in them, but now she is happy to show off her legs because they are now free of varicose veins.

Tana says, "I was trying to lose weight last year. I have put up with varicose veins since my second child was born (15 years ago) and the pain of trying to exercise with my legs hurting was difficult. They felt heavy and got swollen. I saw they were having a seminar about varicose veins and went to it."

Board Certified in Vascular and Interventional Radiology Dr. Matthew Casey with MedXray says, "Varicose veins are typically a result of the failure of the valves in the veins of the legs. The venous drains from the legs is dependent on valves to get back to the heart, but when those valves fail the blood can flow backward in addition to forward and that increases the pressure on the veins. Eventually those veins dilate and become varicose veins."

In January of 2010, Tana had an outpatient procedure done on her left leg here at the Veradia Interventional Radiology and Vein Center in Sioux Falls which is a division of MedXray.   Using only a local anesthetic, Interventional Radiologist Dr. Matthew Casey was able to get rid of Tana's bulging veins without leaving a mark on her. 

Tana says, "The vein would reflux all the way down. It was swollen in spots, but around the knee it was the worse. It really stuck out and would really hurt. During the procedure, Dr. Casey would take a needle, poke through the skin, pull it out and it did not hurt. "

The worst part for Tana wasn't the actual procedure or the needles, certainly not the pain because she said there wasn't any, it was wearing compression stockings overnight following the procedure and then for the next week during the daytime. And even that wasn't that bad.  She says it really was a piece of cake

Tana says, "Honestly, had I known it was this easy, this pain free, there was zero downtime, I didn't miss a day of work.  I should have done it along time ago."

Now that her varicose veins are gone, she came back to have Dr. Casey get rid of the spider veins that she had even before the varicose veins. It was a half hour cosmetic procedure involving a tiny needle and the injection of a chemical that basically makes them disappear.  Unsightly painful veins gone, self-esteem back. Tana thinks that's a pretty great tradeoff.

MedXray is holding a patient seminar on March 9th at CJ Callaway's in Sioux Falls so you can learn about varicose veins and treatment options.  It starts at 6 pm and is free, plus they are offering appetizers.


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