Photo courtesy of Steve Wewerka


Think quickly: Are you self-conscious when you wear shorts? If you immediately thought yes, and the reason for your embarrassment is unsightly varicose or spider veins, you’re not alone.

Approximately 80 million adults in the U.S. have varicose or spider veins, nearly one-third of our country’s adult population. The good news is that you don’t need to cover up anymore. Whether your veins are swollen, knotted, and painful or appear as painless red or purple starbursts on the skin’s surface, there’s a treatment available at VeinSolutions.

“The procedures we offer can really make a difference in a person’s life,†says Dr. C. Phifer Nicholson of the Edina-based office.

He points out that vein disorders are more than unsightly–they can also cause real medical problems, such as skin discoloration, blood clots, swelling and ulcers of the skin. Hormones, heredity, pregnancy, obesity, and occupations requiring prolonged sitting or standing can cause valves to leak, fail, or become damaged. Symptoms include pain, burning, itching, throbbing, and fatigue.

The board-certified vascular surgeons at VeinSolutions address the underlying problem, not just the symptoms. VeinSolutions’ surgeons complete years (not just three to four months) of rigorous vascular or cardiovascular training to meet the high standards established by the American College of Surgeons. They have dedicated their careers to treating vein disorders and will help you understand your condition and guide you toward the most appropriate treatment.

“We know every appropriate option for treating patients; others might be limited due to their fields of training,†explains Dr. Nicholson.

VeinSolutions offers patients the most up-to-date techniques, including Duplex Ultrasound, VNUS Closure (a radiofrequency treatment using heat to close off incompetent veins), sclerotherapy, Photoderm light therapy, and minimally invasive surgery.

Contrary to popular belief, the procedures aren’t very painful, and patients typically need no more than two to three days off work.

“The only clue that you’ve been treated will be the absence of veins,†says Dr. Nicholson. “That’s the beauty of what we do.â€


Southdale Medical Center
6525 France Avenue South
Edina, MN 55443
952-831-VEIN (8346)