Varicose Veins Specialist

Surgical Care PC

Rick J. Windle, MD

General Surgeon & Varicose Vein Specialist located in Lincoln, NE

Engorged, twisted veins on your legs might start as a minor inconvenience, but they can develop into more significant issues like leg pain, ulcers, and pulmonary embolism. At Surgical Care PC in Lincoln, Nebraska, general surgeon Rick Windle, MD, provides comprehensive treatments for varicose veins to relieve symptoms and prevent complications. To find out more about the treatments available for varicose veins, call Surgical Care PC, or book an appointment online today.

Varicose Veins Q&A

What are varicose veins?

You might be familiar with varicose veins — they’re the large, swollen, and often tender veins that appear on your skin’s surface. They’re especially common on the legs and feet and are dark in color. 

Unsightly as they may be, varicose veins don’t always call for treatment. If your varicose veins are incredibly uncomfortable, cause widespread pain in your legs, or if you simply don’t like the way they look, Dr. Windle can treat them for you. In very severe cases, varicose veins can rupture or cause ulcers on your legs.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins happen when the valves in your leg veins are weak or damaged and can no longer do their job. Your veins have a series of valves that open and close so they can work against gravity to push blood back up to your heart.

If one or more valves become weak or damaged, some blood falls backward instead of flowing up. It pools and expands the vein, causing it to become twisted and engorged.

Your chances of getting varicose veins are higher than average if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are obese
  • Are a woman
  • Sit or stand still for long periods
  • Have family members with varicose veins 

You can’t always predict or prevent varicose veins. Still, you can lower your chances of getting them and complications associated with them by exercising regularly, eating less salt in your diet, and keeping a stable, healthy weight. 

What are my treatment options for varicose veins?

In many cases, medical intervention isn’t necessary for varicose veins. You can ease your discomfort and prevent your varicose veins from worsening by losing weight, exercising more, and avoiding tight clothing.

However, if you don’t like the way your veins look or if they cause bothersome symptoms, Dr. Windle might recommend one or more of these treatments:

Conservative therapies

Along with lifestyle changes, Dr. Windle might give you compression stockings that apply pressure to your legs and encourage your blood to flow upward through them.

Endovenous ablation

During endovenous ablation, Dr. Windle uses the energy from a laser to seal off your varicose vein. 


Sclerotherapy is a conventional treatment for vascular conditions. Dr. Windle injects a chemical into your veins, causing them to constrict, scar, and close. Then, your body absorbs the vein naturally.


Dr. Windle removes varicose veins near the surface of your skin with tiny punctures or incisions across the vein.

If you have varicose veins on your legs that affect your appearance or cause discomfort, call Surgical Care PC or book your consultation online today.