Varicose Veins Specialist

Hei Jin Chung, MD, FACS, RVT -  - Vein Specialist

Dr. Chung Vein Specialist

Hei Jin Chung, MD, FACS, RVT

Vein Specialist located in Phillipsburg, NJ

Approximately 55% of women and 25% of men have varicose veins. Without treatment, about 6% of them will go on to develop complications. Dr. Hei Jin Chung specializes in effectively treating varicose veins using the best therapy for each patient. Whether you’d like to improve your appearance by eliminating unsightly veins or your varicose veins cause painful symptoms, call Dr. Chung Vein Specialist in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, or book an appointment online.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What causes varicose veins?

Blood flows against gravity as the veins in your legs transport blood back to your heart. Muscles in vein walls contract to push blood up the veins, while valves stop blood from flowing down.

When your muscles or valves weaken or don’t work properly, blood flows backward and accumulates in the vessels. Over time, this accumulation leads to varicose veins.

What symptoms are caused by varicose veins?

Some patients don’t have any symptoms, while others experience:

  • Cramps
  • Leg pain
  • Heavy or tired legs
  • Swelling
  • Rash that’s itchy
  • Restless legs

Varicose veins can also lead to health complications such as skin ulcers, deep and superficial blood clots, cellulitis, and chronic venous insufficiency.

How are varicose veins treated?

Dr. Chung eliminates varicose veins using one of the following treatments:

  • Sclerotherapy: The doctor uses a fine needle to inject a medicated solution into the vein, which causes vein walls to stick together and seal shut. Blood flow stops, and over the next few months, the treated veins fade away as your body absorbs the treated tissues. Sclerotherapy usually doesn’t require anesthesia, and you won’t need downtime.
  • Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT): Dr. Chung performs endovenous laser therapy using VenaCure EVLT™. Under ultrasound visualization, the doctor inserts a thin laser fiber into the vein. Laser energy emitted through the fiber heats the vein, making it close and seal shut. Your body automatically reroutes blood flow to other veins, so you don’t need to worry about circulation issues. Over time, the vein shrinks and disappears.
  • Mini-phlebectomy: A mini-phlebectomy, or ambulatory phlebectomy, is usually performed in the office under local anesthesia or IV sedation. Dr. Chung removes varicose veins at the surface of your skin through tiny incisions. You’ll need to wear prescription compression stockings for a week. Otherwise, you can get back to normal activities the next day. 

When should you seek medical attention for varicose veins?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, it’s time to talk with Dr. Chung:

  • Vein is swollen, red, or warm to the touch
  • Sores or a rash develop
  • Skin on your ankle becomes thick or changes color
  • Varicose vein begins to bleed
  • Symptoms interfere with daily activities
  • Vein appearance causes distress

If you have any pain, even a dull ache, please don’t hesitate to call Dr. Chung Vein Specialist to schedule a vein examination.