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Vein Center

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We are pleased to offer patients a solution to leg pain and varicose veins caused by venous reflux.

Understanding Venous Reflux Disease

Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to help blood flow return to the heart. Venous reflux develops when the valves that keep blood from flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged. Valve damage can lead to:

  • Varicose veins
  • Leg pain
  • Swollen limbs
  • Leg heaviness or fatigue
  • Skin changes, including ulcers
  • Symptoms can worsen if left untreated

The Venefit™ Procedure

Benefits include:

  • Relief of symptoms
  • In-office procedure
  • Patients may resume normal activity within 1-2 days
  • Minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling

The Venefit™ Procedure is performed in the SRC – Vein Center, located on the main SRC campus and is covered by most insurances. Using ultrasound, Dr. Steven Lee will position a catheter into the damaged vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter, powered by radio-frequency (RF) energy, delivers heat to the vein wall. As the thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall shrinks and the vein is sealed closed. Once the damaged vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins.

Patients are typically able to resume normal activities within a day.

Are You a Candidate for the Venefit™ Procedure? Take our Vein Self-Assessment

Many factors contribute to the presence of venous reflux disease, including:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family History
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Obesity
  • Profession that requires long periods on your feet

An ultrasound will be used to confirm the presence of venous reflux. Dr. Lee, Skagit Regional Clinics' vein specialist, will determine if you are a candidate for the Venefit™ procedure.

Meet Dr. Lee

Vein Specialist, Dr. Steven Lee"I truly enjoy helping patients who have varicose veins and suffer from leg heaviness, achiness, swelling, itching, throbbing, and cramps," says Dr. Lee.

Dr. Lee received his medical degree from Tufts Medical School in Boston.  He went on to complete residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  Dr. Lee joined Skagit Regional Clinics in 2012. 

Learn more about Dr. Lee

What Our Patients Are Saying

“After the surgery, I noticed a world of difference -- especially in the way my balance improved. I am so thankful for the surgery. I have more bounce in my step now.”  - Skagit Regional Clinics Vein Patient

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