Vein & Blood Vessel Care
If you have vein issues, the highly skilled vascular doctors – or phlebologists—who practice at Mary Greeley Medical Center can help.
Vein treatment typically happens for three reasons: cosmetic, prevention, or symptom relief. The team at the McFarland Vein Clinic, which is associated with Mary Greeley Medical Center, can diagnose and treat:
- Chronic venous disease (CVI), when blood pools in the legs due to leaky vein valves
- Varicose veins and spider veins
- Leg symptoms such as swelling, restlessness, cramping, and discomfort
- Painful thrombophlebitis, when inflammation causes blood clots that may block blood flow
- Dark discoloration in the ankle areas
You may get care from McFarland Vein Clinic physicians, registered nurses, and registered phlebology sonographers. Together, your care team will create a tailored treatment plan. Your plan may include:
- Endovenous laser ablation, a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat to treat varicose veins
- Ambulatory phlebectomy, an outpatient (same-day) procedure to remove varicose veins
- Sclerotherapy, injections to treat varicose and spider veins
- Compression therapy, wearing special socks or stockings to improve circulation (blood flow)
Treating Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), or peripheral vascular disease, is a narrowing or blockage of the arteries. It causes poor blood flow to arms and legs, which may lead to painful cramps during exercise. Advanced PAD may also cause the death of leg or foot tissue, which may lead to amputation (removal of a body part). Your doctor may recommend tests that check blood flow and pressure to help diagnose PAD.
Causes of PAD
Plaque buildup on the inside of arteries is the most common cause of PAD. You may be at risk due to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking. When you have PAD, you have a higher risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Treatment for PAD
Healthy lifestyle changes can help manage PAD, as can medicines to help with symptoms or other health problems. You may also be able to attend a cardiac rehabilitation program. Surgeries, including bypass or angioplasty, are also options.
One of the easiest ways to help combat the debilitating effects of Peripheral Arterial Disease? Get active. Regular exercise can help with more than PAD, too—weight loss, lowering blood pressure, and more. Talk to your doctor to create an exercise plan that works for you.