Healthier Legs for a More Active You
Now Open! OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute now offering a Vein Clinic in Peoria.
Do you have spider veins, varicose veins or another vein-related condition? The Vein Clinic at can help you manage symptoms and feel healthier and more confident.
Make an appointment by calling (309) 589-2050
Understanding Vein Disease
The veins in your body carry blood throughout your body and back to your heart. As people age, vein problems can develop, causing complications. About 30 million Americans over the age of 45 have some type of vein disease.
Vein disease typically gets worse over time. When left untreated, vein disease can lead to more serious conditions such as spider/varicose veins, leg ulcers, restless leg syndrome, skin issues, vascular malformations or insufficiencies, swelling, pain and other conditions. Identifying and treating the root cause of your vein disease as early as possible is important to prevent worsening conditions.
Risk factors for vein disease:
- Active cancer
- Chronic medical conditions
- Family history of venous thromboembolism
- Hospital stays over three days
- Immobility or paralysis
- Institutionalized living
- Major surgery or trauma
- Medications containing estrogen
Understanding Spider and Varicose Veins
Spider veins, commonly found on the face and legs, are caused by the enlargement of a small group of veins near the skin's surface. They often look like red or purple sunbursts or web patterns and are more common in women.
Varicose veins are swollen or enlarged veins due to a weakening or damage in the vein valves. Located deeper in the skin than spider veins, they may appear raised, bulging or twisted, and often are blue, red or flesh colored.
Varicose veins can be serious. They may be painful or associated with the development of one or more of the following conditions:
- Phlebitis: Inflammation of the vein.
- Thromboses: This occurs when blood clots form in the enlarged vein.
- Venous stasis ulcers: An ulcer is formed when there is not proper drainage in the enlarged vein.
Although the exact causes for varicose and spider veins are unknown, heredity, prolonged standing, increased age, heavy lifting and hormonal changes seem to be contributing factors.
This type of treatment helps relieve leg pain from varicose veins by wearing compression hose or stockings. The hose or stockings improve blood circulation, helping blood to flow back to the heart.
This allows providers to accurately diagnose and treat patients with vein disease.
This outpatient procedure is for larger, deeper veins and an alternative to surgery for varicose veins. Heat is delivered to seal off problem veins. Eventually, the veins are absorbed by your body. Blood flow is diverted to healthy veins, improving circulation. The recovery time is short with little to no scarring.
This outpatient procedure is used to remove large varicose veins. Local anesthesia is applied to numb the skin. The provider removes the veins in segments through tiny incisions that leave small scars that are barely visible in most cases.
This procedure involves the injection of a concentrated saline or specially developed solution into the spider or small varicose vein. The solution irritates the inside of the vein. Over time, the vein will collapse and fade. Healthier blood vessels located nearby absorb the blood flow of the collapsed vein.