Varicose Veins Specialist

Kevin McMullen, MD

General & Vascular Surgeon located in Oklahoma City, OK

Varicose veins aren’t just unsightly — although that’s certainly a major concern — they also tend to become painful and uncomfortable if left untreated. At the office of Kevin McMullen, MD, in Oklahoma City, you can get minimally invasive varicose vein treatments right in the office. Learn more about varicose vein solutions that require little to no downtime by booking a consultation. Schedule online or over the phone.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins occur when blood pools in your veins, causing them to become damaged. You might notice that these veins appear gnarled and enlarged. Though any vein in your body can become varicose, in most cases, veins in your lower legs are affected, because of the added pressure from walking and standing.

Not everyone develops varicose veins, although they’re certainly more common as you get older and your veins start losing natural elasticity. Your chances of having varicose veins also increase due to:

  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Family history of varicose veins

Your varicose veins can even stem from working in a position that requires you to stand or sit for extended periods of time. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins and have similar causes, but they’re just smaller. No matter what’s causing your varicose veins, you can get them treated without surgery.

How are varicose veins treated?

Dr. McMullen treats most varicose veins using the endoluminal laser ablation of the saphenous vein method (ELAS). This cutting-edge technology, which is performed under local anesthesia, involves inserting a small laser fiber into your affected vein through a thin catheter.

The laser fiber sends pulses of energy into your vein to weld or close it up. This effect stops the backflow or pooling of blood in your leg and encourages blood to circulate to healthier veins nearby.

From start to finish, the revolutionary ELAS varicose vein treatment often takes less than 45 minutes. Patients tolerate the entire procedure quite well and experience little discomfort.

What is the recovery time after varicose vein treatment?

You have little to no downtime after your ELAS varicose vein treatment with Dr. McMullen and can expect to be up and walking around right after your procedure. Dr. McMullen uses compression wrapping to bandage your treatment area, which further promotes healing.

Depending on your specific treatment and severity of your varicose veins, you might need to keep your treated area wrapped for a few days or wear compression socks. Although you can return to most of your regular activities after your ELAS varicose vein treatment, Dr. McMullen generally suggests avoiding strenuous activities and exercises for about a week, or until any bruising or swelling subside.

Before your varicose veins bother you another day, see how Kevin McMullen, MD, can help. Book your varicose vein evaluation online, or call the office directly.

Individual results may vary.