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Vein Disease

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It’s estimated that 80 million adults suffer from symptomatic, superficial venous insufficiency. Many of these patients, as well as their  physicians, may not realize how easily  this problem may be treated. Advances made in the treatment of venous insufficiency have made it possible to treat this disease in the office in about an hour.

Vein stripping, the old standard surgery for varicose veins, has been replaced by endovenous (inside the vein) ablation procedures as the treatment of choice for superficial venous insufficiency. Many patients once thought to have untreatable venous problems may now be excellent candidates for endovenous closure.

Dr. Gropper offers all the current vein ablation procedures, including the latest mechanical/chemical techniques. He is also very skilled in microphlebectomy (removal of varicose veins through tiny incisions) as well as treatment of all types of smaller varicose and spider veins with sclerotherapy injections. Click below for more information:


Symptoms for vein disease are:

  • Leg heaviness, pain or tenderness along the course of a vein
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Restlessness
  • Night cramps
  • Edema
  • Skin changes
  • Paresthesias or areas of numbness

Risk Factors

These factors increase your risk of developing varicose veins:

  • Age: Varicose veins usually appear between ages 30 and 70 and get progressively worse over time.
  • Sex: Women are more likely than men are to develop varicose veins by about 3:1. Hormonal changes during pregnancy, or menopause may be a factor. Female hormones tend to relax vein walls. Taking hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills may increase your risk of varicose veins.
  • Genetics: If other family members had varicose veins, there’s a greater chance that you will too.
  • Obesity: There is a close relationship between being overweight and having venous insufficiency.
  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time: Your blood doesn’t flow as well if you’re in the same position for long periods of time.

Varicose Vein Disease Treatment

Treatment for Spider Veins