The Vein Clinic at Sharon Hospital

Sharon Hospital 
50 Hospital Hill Road
Sharon, CT 06069

Hours: As scheduled during normal business hours Monday-Friday.

Vein disease is a broad term that can have serious implications. Vein disease can include varicose veins, which may cause leg pain or swelling after standing for long periods, restless legs, leg fatigue or heaviness. Another type of vein disease is spider veins, which can lead to discoloration of the skin and even skin ulcerations.

If you have vein disease, the Vein Clinic can help. Physicians provide comprehensive, compassionate care in a safe hospital setting with a team that is dedicated to patient satisfaction.

Understanding Vein Disease

Veins are the blood vessels in the body that return blood from organs and extremities to the heart. The blood in the legs has to overcome gravity to make the return trip to the heart, so leg veins have one-way valves to keep blood moving in the right direction. These veins and valves are thin and elastic, and can stretch due to a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Heredity
  • Age

Once stretching occurs, the valves begin to leak blood backwards – a condition known as reflux, or insufficiency. When the refluxing blood continues to distend and pool in the poorly working veins, the veins can become visible as bulging varicose veins. These varicose veins are seen in about one out of every two people over the age of 50, but vein disease often begins much earlier and is seen in both men and women of a wide range of ages. Approximately half of the population has some degree of vein disease.

Comprehensive Vein Treatment

Accurate diagnosis and a plan for treatment requires a study of medical history, screening for other causes of leg pain, and ultrasound imaging to pinpoint any leaking veins and to look for blood clots. This work-up is best done by experienced specialists. At the Vein Clinic, specially trained interventional radiologists offer a full spectrum of services, from diagnosis and treatment to follow-up care after your procedure.

Treatments can take different forms:

Wearing specialized compression stockings may help alleviate some symptoms and delay the formation of venous ulcers. In other cases, one or more of the following treatments may be needed depending on the severity and root cause of your vein disease:

  • Vein ablation
  • Miscrophlebectomy
  • Sclerotherapy

Each of these procedures is performed in an ambulatory setting with local anesthesia, and our patients typically walk out of the department within a couple of hours after their procedure.

For a consultation call (860) 364-4070, TTY/Accessibility (860) 242-5436.