Venous Disease Treatments


What Causes Vein Disease?

Think of your veins as tiny, hollow tubes with valves that allow blood to flow toward your heart. Diseases, or problems in your veins that damage the valves — such as varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) — can cause blood to build up in areas of your body (“venous insufficiency”) or even cause it to flow backwards. This can lead to dangerous blood clots and other vein-related conditions.

Our Approach to Venous Disease Treatments

Our venous treatment programs focus on preventing advanced vein disease and repairing damaged veins so they are as functional as possible. Treatments commonly involve:

  • Medication
  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Vascular surgery

World-Class Care

Our Venous Disease Treatment Program

Our caring, skilled vascular specialists offer you:

  • Unparalleled expertise: Treating vascular conditions, which include venous diseases, is an Aurora specialty. With more than 60 years of history, we are one of the most active and established vascular medicine programs in Wisconsin.
  • A minimally invasive treatment philosophy: Whenever possible, we use nonsurgical treatments for vein disease. We recommend vascular surgery only for complex conditions that need it.
  • Caring health care teams: Our experienced doctors, nurses and technicians will talk to you about lifestyle changes that can improve your venous disease, as well as treatment options that are a good match for you.
  • Convenient locations: Because we have so many facilities throughout eastern Wisconsin & northern Illinois, we can usually schedule your venous treatment or surgery at an Aurora location close to you.


Our Venous Disease Treatments

To improve the health of your veins and decrease your chance of additional medical complications, your Aurora doctors will talk to you about the following treatment options:


Anticoagulants can help block the blood-clotting process, so clots cannot form in your veins. Learn more about our anticoagulation clinics.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Treatments for vein problems can often be completed using a tiny tube called a catheter. In many cases, you can go home the same day of your procedure.

Common minimally invasive vascular procedures include:

  • Catheter-directed thrombolysis: This procedure uses a thin catheter to direct medication into a blood clot to dissolve it.
  • Vena cava filter surgery: We insert a metal filter into an abdominal vein to stop blood clots from moving to your lungs or heart. Learn more about vena cava filters.
  • Angioplasty: This catheter procedure uses a small balloon to open a blocked leg, arm or kidney artery.
  • Sclerotherapy: We insert a solution (often salt-water based) into varicose or spider veins that causes them to collapse and eventually disappear.
  • Endovenous thermal ablation (laser) treatment: The heat from radio waves or lasers seals varicose veins and causes them to disappear.

Learn more about varicose vein treatments.

Vascular Surgery

More serious vein-related conditions may require surgery, including:

  • Bypass surgery: A surgeon reroutes blood flow around a blocked vein.
  • Ligation and stripping: This procedure involves tying off a vein, then removing it, usually through a minimally invasive surgery called venous ablation. Learn more about ligation and stripping.
  • Subfascial endoscopic perforator surgery (SEPS): This minimally invasive surgery can help treat ulcers on perforator veins (veins that link superficial veins to deep veins).
  • Valve repair surgery: Your doctor inserts stitches or a special ring that tightens and returns a damaged valve to its previous shape. Valves can also be replaced with mechanical or tissue-based devices. Learn more about valve repair or replacement.

Conditions We Treat

Vein Disease Conditions We Treat

As experts in vascular medicine and surgery, we offer advanced treatment for these common vein conditions:

  • Chronic venous insufficiency: Blood pools in your legs instead of moving toward your heart. Learn more about venous insufficiency.
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): DVT happens when a blot clot forms in one or more of your deep veins, often in your lower leg, thigh or pelvis. Learn more about deep vein thrombosis.
  • Excessive blood clotting: This condition can be genetic or caused by other health conditions.
  • Superficial venous thrombosis (phlebitis): Veins close to the surface skin of your arms or legs get inflamed. Learn more about phlebitis.
  • Varicose and spider veins: Veins that are weak or stretched may begin holding extra blood. They often are dark and unsightly. Learn more about varicose veins.


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