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Rochester General Vascular Surgery

Do you need a vascular specialist? If you're at risk for vascular disease, our vascular team can help.

When blood vessels become damaged or diseased, your vital organs may not receive adequate blood flow, which can lead to life-threatening problems, such as stroke or amputation. The right vascular care is crucial to avoid or reduce potentially serious complications.

From diagnosis to treatment options, we offer complete care for a variety of vascular conditions, including:

  • Carotid Stenosis (blockage of your carotid artery)
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
  • Varicose veins
  • Leg ulcers

If you've been diagnosed with any of these conditions, it's time for a consultation. 

Preparing for Your First Vascular Surgery Appointment

Not sure what to expect at a vascular surgery appointment? At your initial consultation, we'll review your medical history and current vascular issues. We'll also discuss potential treatment options.

Our team will work with your insurance company to obtain the necessary authorizations. (Some procedures for varicose veins may be considered cosmetic and may not be covered; we will help you determine whether this is the case and discuss options with you.)

Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete your new patient paperwork.

If you’re dealing with unsightly varicose veins (spider veins) or a more serious condition such as leg ulcers or thrombosis, you’re not alone. Vein abnormalities are seen in over 25 million men and women in the U.S., and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates that at least half of all women are bothered by varicose or spider veins.

Varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic concern. They may cause health complications if left untreated. The veins in your legs have one-way valves to keep blood flowing from your legs up toward your heart. When these valves don’t work properly, the blood collects in your legs and pressure builds. The veins become weaker, larger and twisted. We call these varicose veins.

Varicose Veins

There are many causes of varicose veins, including:

  • Aging
  • Weight issues
  • Standing for long periods on a regular basis
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity

While varicose veins usually aren’t serious, they can lead to complications or they may be a reflection of more severe vein-related disease that can result in unsightly and painful leg sores.

Treatment

Treatment for varicose veins is designed to reduce your symptoms and prevent complications. We can also help improve the appearance of your legs.

When you come in, we check your legs for tender areas, swelling, skin color changes, sores and other signs of skin breakdown. And we may recommend one of these common treatments:

  • Compression therapy – You may wear compression stockings that provide gradient pressure on your leg muscles, which reduces the pooling of blood

  • Sclerotherapy – We inject a chemical (sclerosant) into your varicose vein to damage and scar the inside lining, which causes the vein to close. This procedure works best for small veins or spider veins.

  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) – We use radio frequency energy to go inside a vein to close it off. We can also use this procedure to close off a large, superficial varicose vein in your leg if necessary.

  • Venefit™ - We offer the latest minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options, including Venefit™, formerly known as VNUS Closure® therapy, and laser treatments for spider veins and sclerotherapy for spider veins.

  • Microphlebectomy (stab avulsion) – We make several tiny incisions in the skin and actually remove the varicose vein.

  • Surgical ligation and stripping – We make incisions over the varicose veins, then tie off the vein (ligation) and remove it (stripping).

Your doctor will thoroughly explain any treatment options we recommend. 

Our Vascular Surgery Associates Experts

Call us at
585.922.5550