Varicose Veins Specialist

The Vein Center

Thomas R. Wieters, MD

General and Vascular Surgeon located in Mount Pleasant, SC

Do you have varicose veins that are painful and a lingering aesthetic problem? You don’t have to just put up with them. At The Vein Center in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, renowned Vein Specialist and General and Vascular Surgeon, Thomas R. Wieters, MD, specializes in treating varicose veins with various effective methods, such as ClosureFast™ radiofrequency ablation. If you have questions about varicose veins, call The Vein Center office or book your consultation online today.

Varicose Veins Q &A

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that appear near the surface of your skin. Varicose veins are typically the result of weakened veins and valves in your legs. When valves and veins don’t function properly, blood can flow in the wrong direction. If you have varicose veins, you might experience ulcers, itching or burning skin, aching, swelling, cramps, and restless legs.

Venous reflux is a condition that occurs when your veins are no longer able to carry your old, used blood back up from your legs. This is often because of a failure in the tiny one-way valves.


What are the risk factors for varicose veins?

There are numerous risk factors for varicose veins, including:

Primary risk factors:

  • Genetics and family history
  • Pregnancy (the risk increases with multiple pregnancies)
  • Prolonged standing

Contributing risk factors:

  • Excess body weight
  • Heavy lifting
  • Aging
  • Inactivity
  • Being female

If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to complications, such as spontaneous venous ruptures and ulcers. Most ulcers heal with professional treatment, typically within a few months, but a small number may never fully heal on their own due to a number of factors, such as the health of your vascular system and certain diseases and deficiencies.


Why are women more prone to getting varicose veins?

Fluctuating female hormones can make the vein walls relax and the valves more likely to leak. Hormonal changes can happen due to:

  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Premenstrual syndrome

Varicose veins might show up during the later months of pregnancy when the uterus puts pressure on your leg veins. With pregnancy, the increased blood that’s needed to support your growing fetus can also put a strain on your veins.


What are the treatment options for varicose veins?

Dr. Wieters examines your venous and arterial system and offers in-house ultrasounds and further testing if necessary. Dr. Wieters provides a variety of effective treatments for varicose veins. Most are designed to close off the vein or seal a segment of the vein.

Radiofrequency ablation

Dr. Wieters performs the ClosureFast radiofrequency ablation procedure in the office under local anesthesia.

ClosureFast involves using ultrasound to position a tiny catheter into the incompetent superficial vein, thereby addressing the cause of the problem. Radiofrequency energy is then carefully and safely delivered through the catheter to seal the vein closed.

Once the source of the problem has been corrected, modalities can be employed to improve function and appearance.

To find the right treatment for your varicose veins, call The Vein Center office or book a consultation online today.