Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment

Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute offers minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins in one convenient location - the Forest Park Medical Building, located on East Campus, 1000 Fourth Street SW, Mason City.

Visitors and patients of Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute – Vein Center also can take advantage of the free parking valet service on Mercy’s East Campus.

Mercy Medical Staff have been treating venous reflux disease for more than 10 years and is now consolidated with the Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute to provide a more comprehensive approach in the diagnosis, treatment and management of vein disease.

About Varicose Veins
Symptoms caused by varicose veins include:

  • Noticeable dark-blue blood vessels, especially in the legs and feet;
  • Brown discoloration of the lower leg;
  • Aching, tender, heavy, or sore legs;
  • A burning feeling in your lower legs;
  • Swelling in the ankles or feet, especially after standing;
  • Breaks in the skin;
  • Itching around the vein;
  • Skin ulcers near your ankle, which are serious and require immediate medical attention.

These symptoms can worsen as the day progresses.

Chronic venous disease of the legs is one of the most common conditions affecting people. Approximately half of the nation’s population has venous disease - 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men.

Risk factors include:

  • Family history - if other members of your family have varicose veins, your risk is greater;
  • Age - veins fail as we get older;
  • Standing for long periods;
  • Being overweight;
  • Pregnancy, especially multiple pregnancies, is one of the most common factors accelerating the worsening of varicose veins.

As interventional radiologists, Ryan Holthaus, M.D. and Bryan Navaretti, M.D., and Vascular Medicine Director Ali Mardan, M.D., are trained in performing minimally invasive treatments - Ambulatory Phlebectomy and Saphenous Vein Ablation - using ulta sound imaging guidance. The procedures are very safe, effective and require almost no down time. All of our Vein Center physicians are board-certified.

Benefits of vein ablation treatment include:

  • Treatments are outpatient procedures that provide almost immediate relief of symptoms.
  • Quick return to normal activities with little or no pain. There may be minor soreness or bruising, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • No scars or stitches - because the procedure does not require a surgical incision, just a nick in the skin.
  • High success rate (93 - 95 percent) and low recurrence rate.

Many insurance carriers cover the vein ablation treatment, based on medical necessity for symptom relief. Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute will help verify insurance coverage for potential patients.

Contact the Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute – Vein Center at 641-428-8001 to find out more information.