St. Louis Varicose Vein Treatment

Advanced Treatments For Healthier Legs

What Are Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are twisted, bulging blood vessels just under the skin, most often in your calves, but can also be found in your abdomen. When the valves in the blood vessels don’t work properly, the blood backs up and expands the vein to the point that it creates bulging bumps in the skin. 

Most varicose veins have no symptoms other than the visible bulges, but some people have painful or tired legs, heaviness, swelling, itching, cramping, inflammation, edema (water retention), redness, discoloration, or bleeding.

Varicose veins can become a serious issue. Left untreated, blood clots can form, leading to Deep Vein Thrombosis, which is a life-threatening condition.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are normally visible in the legs. They may be dark blue or purple and appear to be twisted or bulging. They can cause burning, throbbing, or swelling, and may feel worse after sitting or standing for a long time. Your legs may feel achy or heavy.

Advanced Treatment Options

Dr. Krikorian continuously looks for better ways to treat varicose veins. He never limits your options to standard procedures, but looks for the most forward-thinking treatments and technology from around the globe.

Preventative Measures

To help prevent varicose veins, wear compression socks and follow a healthy diet and exercise plan.

Sclerotherapy

We inject a solution into your varicose veins to close them up, allowing your body to naturally remove them.

Endovenous Ablation

We seal off varicose veins using lasers (radiofrequency energy) or newer technologies like glue, foam, or catheter vein irritation.

Before & After

We’ve treated thousands of people with varicose veins. We’re also able to safely restore the blood flow in your legs.

Get Treated Sooner

Because we’re highly specialized, with six treatment locations in the St. Louis area, we’re able to schedule your exam and treatment much sooner than other facilities. Call us at 314-849-0923 or complete this contact form to get started.

Schedule a Consultation

What To Expect

Consultation

When you arrive, you’ll complete a new patient form, which will ask you to list all your current medications. Wear or bring a pair of shorts for the exam, or we can provide a pair. Then we’ll take your vital signs, and potentially do an ultrasound. Dr. Krikorian will discuss your concerns, examine your varicose veins, and determine what treatment is best for you.

Procedures

We have several advanced procedures available to you, depending upon the severity and depth of your varicose veins. See treatment options to learn more.

Recovery

We may recommend minimal restrictions after your procedure. We encourage activity and follow-up ultrasounds.

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"Very Knowledgable!"Happy Patient
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After my stress test was normal, Dr. Krikorian explained that the test was around 70% accurate and that I should pay close attention to my body for any warning signs. A few weeks later I was exercising when my energy was zapped in less than 10 minutes and I had a pain under the sternum. I called Dr. Krikorian and he scheduled a cardiac catheterization the next day. He said I showed no sign of a heart attack but he found a 99% blockage in the circumflex artery, which he opened with a stent. I am grateful that he explained possible warning signs and then responded quickly with the catheterization and stent.
"My Leg is Feeling So Much Better!"
"My Leg is Feeling So Much Better!"Marlene G.
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Dr. Krikorian performed a laser ablation to treat the vein disease in my right leg. I didn’t even realize how much my left leg hurt from varicose veins until he fixed my right leg! I thought the treatment would be painful, so I was so pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t.
"No More Pain!"
"No More Pain!"MaryAnn R.
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My daughter could not believe how good my legs looked! She is going to see Dr. Krikorian too. I was completely satisfied with my treatment and am no longer in pain. The result is fantastic and I highly recommend going to see Dr. Krikorian if you are experiencing any leg pain.
"I Walked 2 Miles the Next Day!"
"I Walked 2 Miles the Next Day!"Shirley M.
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I had suffered with varicose veins for years. I recently went to see Dr. Krikorian at Virtue Vein & Lymphatic Center where he told me everything I needed to know about vein disease and the treatment options. He performed a laser ablation on my diseased vein, and I was able to resume my normal activity the day after my procedure!
"They Listen Very Well!"
"They Listen Very Well!"Jeff K.
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Dr. Krikorian is a busy man, but he will take the time necessary to really listen to you and figure out what the problem is. Most doctors these days seem to be talking to the computer, and not the person. Well, here it is the other way around.
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Varicose Veins FAQ

The valves in your veins became weak or damaged. It happens with age or other risk factors.

Anyone can develop varicose veins, but you’re more at risk if you’ve over 60, female, pregnant, overweight, or have a family history of it. Also, sitting or standing for long periods of time in the same position can put you at risk.

Varicose veins are a medical issue, so treatment should be covered.

There is minimal discomfort during and after procedures.

Bruising and discoloration can happen up to 48 hours after the procedure and will take about 4-6 weeks to resolve completely in most cases. However, in other cases, discoloration could last months.

It’s possible. If different veins have the same unresolved issue, new varicose veins may form.

There is no way to completely prevent varicose veins, but you can significantly reduce your risk:

  • Exercise often and manage your weight
  • Don’t sit or stand too long in the same position – change your position every 20-30 minutes
  • Eat a high-fiber, low-salt diet
  • Wear low-heeled shoes