Varicose Veins

Vascular Associates, LLC

Vascular Health located in Panama City, FL & Panama City Beach, FL

Varicose veins are unsightly, rope-like veins that bulge from your skin and can be a sign of vein disease. If you have varicose veins, Bud Shuler, MD, and Natasha Gray, MCMSc, PA-C, of Vascular Associates, LLC in Panama City and Panama City Beach, Florida, can help. They deliver expert treatments, including radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy, to eliminate unsightly varicose veins. Call the practice today or use the online form to schedule an appointment.

Varicose Veins

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are a common problem in which your veins become swollen and discolored. They can be red, blue, or purple, and might stand out like twisted ropes. Varicose veins can appear anywhere, but they're most likely to affect your legs.

If you have varicose veins, your legs are likely to feel:

  • Heavy
  • Tired
  • Restless
  • Achy

Standing or sitting for long periods might make your symptoms worse. You may also get night cramps. Sometimes, the skin on your legs and ankles can change color and become irritated. Varicose veins might even form sores or venous ulcers in time.

The Vascular Associates, LLC team uses their onsite Vascular Diagnostic Center to perform an ultrasound scan of your legs. The scan helps them to assess the extent of your varicose veins and determine the cause.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins usually develop because of a problem with the circulation in your legs. Venous insufficiency is a condition where the valves that keep blood flowing up your legs back to your heart weaken and don't work properly. The blood can then trickle back down and form pools.

You're more likely to develop venous insufficiency and varicose veins if you have one or more risk factors, such as:

  • Being older
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Standing or sitting for long periods
  • Family history of varicose veins

Women are more prone to varicose veins than men.

How are varicose veins treated?

The Vascular Associates, LLC team offers several solutions to problem varicose veins:

Venefit procedure

The Venefitâ„¢ procedure is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional vein stripping surgery. It is done on an outpatient basis.

Using ultrasound guidance, your provider inserts a slender catheter into the diseased vein through a small incision in your skin. The catheter delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy that heats the vein wall.

Your provider withdraws the catheter, and the collagen in the vein wall shrinks, closing the vein permanently. Your body reroutes blood to other healthy veins.

Ambulatory phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a surgical method of removing surface veins. Your provider performs the procedure in their office using local anesthesia.

The incisions are so tiny they look like puncture marks, and they don't require stitching. Post-operative discomfort after ambulatory phlebectomy is minimal.


Sclerotherapy involves the injection of an irritant liquid or foam directly into the varicose vein. The solution or sclerosant causes the lining of the treated blood vessel to swell and stick together, and makes the blood clot. Over time, your body absorbs the treated vein.

Find out more about the latest treatments for varicose veins by calling Vascular Associates, LLC today or book an appointment online.

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Varicose Veins