Focused Entirely on Vein Disease

Varicose veins are two words we all hope to avoid. However, since one in three people over the age of 45 are affected by vein disease, it’s important to know as much about the condition as possible.

“Vein disease develops when the valves that keep the blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased,” explained Interventional Radiologist Monish Merchant, MD, of the Centers for Vein Care. “This causes blood to pool in the legs and results in symptoms such as pain, swelling, leg heaviness and fatigue, skin changes and varicose veins.” Dr. Merchant went on to share that vein disease is progressive, and while it is not curable, it is highly treatable.

One of the hallmarks of the Centers for Vein Care is this dedication to individualized treatment. The vein professionals at the Centers for Vein Care understand there is not a standardized treatment plan. “Just as each person is different, each person’s veins are different,” shared Dr. Keerthi Prasad, MD. “After we complete a medical history, a physical exam of the legs and perform a leg vein ultrasound, we discuss the patient’s treatment options.”

Completely painless, an ultrasound generates diagnostic images that let the physicians see which veins are working well and which ones are leaking blood back into the legs. Leg vein ultrasounds can also tell the physicians if there are potentially dangerous blood clots in the veins.

“We offer a number of tailor-made treatments,” said Dr. Prasad, “and we try to achieve the best results with the easiest options.” Dr. Prasad explained that during the first evaluation options such as compression stockings and other lifestyle changes are discussed.

However, if medical intervention is indicated, the physicians at Centers for Vein Care have several options. “The newest treatment is VenaSeal,” Dr. Merchant shared. “It is a way of closing the main vein in the leg that causes varicose veins.” VenaSeal is somewhat like “Super Glue,” because it works by delivering an adhesive to seal diseased veins. Dr. Merchant also said that the procedure is virtually pain free because the patient only needs a local anesthetic before accessing the vein through a tiny incision on the skin’s surface. “Patients can return to normal activities almost immediately.”

Another option to treat the large veins on the legs is radiofrequency ablation. “We are the largest user of radiofrequency ablation in the Chicago area,” Dr. Prasad said. “This technique uses radiofrequency energy, instead of laser energy, to heat up and damage the wall inside a vein.” The radiofrequency energy is directed through a thin tube inserted through a small incision in the vein. Patients can walk after treatment and recovery is short.

For large bulging veins, the physicians can also perform a phlebectomy. This procedure requires several tiny incisions to be made on the skin through which the varicose vein is removed. It is performed in the offices of the Centers for Vein Care using light sedation and local anesthesia.

Sclerotherapy is a treatment that is commonly used for spider veins and smaller varicose veins. This procedure involves injecting a small amount of a solution into the diseased vessel that cause it to collapse and stick together. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view.

If you have varicose veins and/or vein disease symptoms, but want more information before making an appointment, visit one of the FREE Health Fairs we offer throughout the year. Register at or by calling 219-299-8515. Receive a free vein ultrasound and personal consult with one of our physicians.


LOVE YOUR LEGS! Free Health Fair

Saturday, February 24th marked our first health fair of 2018! The turnout was great! Knowledge is key when it comes to making important decisions about your health. And we were excited to educate our Crown Point neighbors on the symptoms of vein disease and the available treatments.

Unsightly varicose veins are often addressed, as we all want to look and feel our best during the warmer months. However, many symptoms of vein disease such as tired/heavy legs, or leg pain and swelling are overlooked as being common signs of aging or the outcome of a long, hard workday. Vein disease is progressive, and although there is no cure, it is highly treatable. Our goal is to educate our community on the various symptoms of vein disease and share the minimally invasive treatments currently performed at Centers for Vein Care that can improve your health and quality of life.

Interested in attending an upcoming event? Look to our event calendar to find a location and date that works best for you. We invite you to join us at one of these upcoming health fairs:

Thursday, March 29th; 11 am-3 pm at our Crown Point Center

Thursday, March 29th; 6 pm-8 pm at our La Porte Center

Thursday, April 26th; 6 pm-8 pm at our Munster Center

Whether you’re currently experiencing new symptoms, have symptoms from previously, failed treatments, or just have questions—our health fairs are a good starting point. Our free vein ultrasound provides an initial assessment of your risk for vein disease. Personal consult with our doctor to go over the results, ask questions, and discuss treatment allows you to make an informed decision about your health care.

Thinking of joining us, but want to know more? Read what reporters from had to say about this event.

Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care Provides Health Resources

When you’re dealing with chronic pain, it can feel like you no longer have control of your life. You may move slower at work and worry about your productivity level. Pain may continually be on your mind, interfering with your focus. You may find that you refrain from fun activities you used to enjoy.

To some extent, you may behave in a similar manner if you are struggling with vein disease. Symptoms include swelling, cramping, and pain in your legs—which can slow you down or even stop you in your tracks.

And chances are, if you’ve already been to a doctor and have not found relief from your symptoms—you may become discouraged and stop looking for help.

We understand the effects chronic pain and/or vein disease can have on your life. That is why we feel it’s so important to reach out to our community.

October was a very busy month for us! Our team attended the ArcelorMittal’s Energy and Health Fair on October 5th. We listened to employees share their health concerns and we were able to explain the services we provide and how our doctors can help.

We were also present at the Valpo Chamber Network Night, October 19th and the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, October 26th. Both were great opportunities for us to connect with local businesses and share information about our services.

You can read more about our community outreach efforts at

Have further questions or want to make an appointment, please give us a call! Or if you are planning a public event and would like us to attend, contact us at (219) 476-7246 and ask for marketing. We’d love to hear from you!

Centers for Vein Care Educates Professional Women

Professional women want to know the warning signs of venous disease

Lakeshore Public Media Professional Women’s Conference on September 21 at the Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa in Michigan City, focused on: leadership, inspiration, growth, and networking.


Centers for Vein Care joined in to educate on several warning signs of venous disease. Centers for Vein Care physician liaison, Benjamin Van Sickle says, “Attending an event like this and speaking on venous disease to professional women from companies such as Nipsco and ArcelorMittal—I know we’re reaching teams, colleagues, and families with the necessary information to improve health in the workforce, community, and home.”


Warning Signs of Venous Disease include:

  • Tired, achy, heavy-feeling legs
  • Leg pain
  • Swollen legs
  • Leg cramping
  • Restless legs
  • Varicose and spider veins
  • Skin discoloration on lower leg


If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, give us a call at (219) 299-8515 to set up an appointment at one of our five clinics throughout Northwest Indiana. After proper evaluation, testing, and diagnosis, our physicians will determine the best treatment option for you. We strive to provide our patients with the highest level of service and the best results in a safe and comfortable environment.

The Art of Aging with Chronic Venous Insufficiency

The Art of Aging Expo, sponsored by The Times, was the perfect venue to educate our seniors.The event focus was: How to get the most out of your senior years. Good health was a hot topic. We shared valuable information on chronic venous insufficiency and vein care treatment.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) develops when the valves in your leg veins stop working properly, allowing blood to flow backward and pool in the lower leg veins. CVI is much more common than many people think, impacting 15-25% of all adults.

The truth is chronic venous insufficiency can affect anyone. However, age is certainly a factor. The risk for vein disease increases after age 50. Other factors that may increase your risk include: family history, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and smoking.

We met a lot of people! Many thrilled to learn they didn’t have to continue to live in pain from vascular disease. Minimally invasive treatment is available with little-to-no down time.  More importantly, everyone walked away with a better understanding of their own health and bodies. And that is how to Age Artfully!

Great Turnout at Crown Point Health Fair!

Our Crown Point health fair was number seven for 2017! Why so many health fairs? Simple, we want to go beyond advertising our services. Our goal is to educate everyone on the risk factors and symptoms of vein disease (from the obvious varicose veins, to the not-so-obvious leg swelling and itching). It’s important that everyone understand vein disease is a medical condition, and may worsen when left untreated. Because vein disease is hereditary, the story of failed treatment has been passed along. We want to inform everyone about the minimally invasive, advanced treatments available today. Hosting health fairs at our various clinics with vein screenings, personal consult, and just plain fun is the best way to achieve that goal.


Want to know more? Read what reporters from had to say about this event.

Health and Fun for Everyone – Free Health Fair

It’s common for people to think ‘cosmetic’ when the topic of vein care comes up. Who doesn’t want their legs to look good? But vein care addresses more than unsightly varicose veins and spider veins. Vein care alleviates symptoms such as: leg pain, swelling, and cramping so that your legs feel better (and look great).

With over 30 million Americans affected by vein disease, and a vast majority untreated, we strive to educate our community… FREE HEALTH FAIRS!!

Several months throughout the year, we host on-site health fairs at our various locations. Everyone is welcome! Whether you’ve had previous failed treatment, are currently experiencing symptoms, or just have questions—you can’t go wrong attending a free health fair!

What happens at our health fairs—health and fun for everyone! You’ll enjoy refreshments and games while waiting your turn to: have your blood pressure taken, learn one-on-one stretching techniques, and receive a muscle relaxing chair massage. Our ultrasound technician is on staff to perform your vein screening followed by a consult with our doctors to go over your results, answer any questions you may have, and discuss available treatments. Our receptionist is available if you’d like to schedule an appointment at one of our five clinics (no pressure or obligation). Want to know more? Read what reporters from had to say about one of our events this year.

You’ll find information on upcoming events on our website. We’re excited to host our August Health Fair at our Crown Point clinic on Thursday, August 24th from 6–8 pm. Bring a friend or family member! Please register online or by calling (219) 299-8515. Walk-ins are always welcome.

In Honor of Father’s Day – Free Health Fair

We certainly cannot celebrate Moms without honoring all of the Dads out there! Thursday, June 29th we invited Dads (and our community) to our Valparaiso clinic to learn about vein disease symptoms and the treatments available to improve your health and quality of life.

We always have our work cut out for us at this health fair. Why? Because many mistakenly believe vein disease is strictly cosmetic and only affects women. Without the visible signs of varicose veins and spider veins, men relate tired, fatigued legs and leg pain to aging and a hard days work.

So we welcomed the opportunity to educate men on all of the symptoms that may occur with vein disease including: swelling restless leg syndrome, and skin discoloration as well as leg ulcers and blood clots which can occur when vein disease is left untreated.

Encourage the men in your family to attend a free health fair. Check out our event schedule for upcoming health fair dates and locations!

Thinking of attending a health fair, but want to know more? Read this article written by a reporter.

Celebrating Moms – Free Health Fair

Moms spend so much time taking care of their families, that they often forget to take time out for themselves. This year we celebrated Moms on Thursday, May 25th at our Hobart clinic with a free health fair. Of course the health fair was open to everyone, but it was a great time to encourage Moms to address their health issues and seek treatment. And since vein disease runs in families, we loved seeing our senior Moms making an evening of it with their daughters! Promoting vein disease awareness to daughters, sons, and husbands is just one more reason to say ‘Thanks Mom!’

Want to know more? Read what reporters from had to say about this event.

Spring Into Healthy! – Free Health Fair

What could be better than a free health fair? 2 Free health fairs! Saturday, April 8th turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day and spring fever was contagious! We couldn’t believe the crowd that greeted us at our first Munster clinic health fair.

On your mark, get set, go!! Our guests had questions and were seeking answers and treatment options. And our rehab and vein care teams were thrilled to provide: stretching technique demonstrations and chair massages with a vein ultrasound and doctor consult to follow. Potted tulips and lilacs blossomed throughout the clinic and were given as raffle prizes to our guests.

Dr. Prasad and our vein care team discussed factors which can increase your risk for vein disease such as: age, number of pregnancies, weight, and genetics. How symptoms can affect your lifestyle and what happens when vein disease is left untreated was also covered.

Back to Valparaiso for our Tuesday, April 25th health fair. Applause to Valpo residents, growing attendance indicates your commitment to health. And it was great to see more men seeking treatment options. Vein disease affects both men and women and our doctors are here to listen to your concerns and provide treatments to improve your health and quality of life.

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