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Varicose Veins

Joseph F. Popovich, MD, FACS -  - General & Vascular Surgeon

Joseph F. Popovich, MD, FACS

General & Vascular Surgeon located in Jersey City, NJ

If you’re unhappy with the roadmap of varicose veins that marks your legs, you may want to consider options for removal. Joseph F. Popovich, MD, FACS, in Jersey City, New Jersey, is a vascular surgeon who can provide treatments to get rid of your varicose veins. Call today or book an appointment online for an evaluation.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are bulging veins that develop due to a backup of blood inside them. They’re very common, but they affect women more often than men.

Your veins move blood back to your lungs and heart for reoxygenation. Tiny valves in your veins open and close to assist in the movement of your blood, while preventing it from moving backward. If one of these valves falters or is damaged, your blood will back up and create the bulging blue vein.

Any vein in your body can become varicose, but your legs are more susceptible.

When should I see a doctor for my varicose veins?

Varicose veins aren’t usually a health issue, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek medical care for them. If you dislike how your varicose veins make your legs look and would like to know what you can do about them, you should talk to Dr. Popovich. He offers a number of treatment options to remove your varicose veins.

While varicose veins don’t generally cause health issues, they may be a sign of venous insufficiency, which can lead to the development of leg ulcers, which may warrant an evaluation.

What are the methods for removing my varicose veins?

Dr. Popovich has several options for removing your varicose veins, and he works with you to determine which method makes the best choice.


During sclerotherapy, Dr. Popovich injects a chemical into your vein, which causes it to collapse. This is an in-office procedure, but you may need several treatments to get the best results.

Ambulatory phlebectomy

An ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure performed using a numbing agent. Dr. Popovich makes small puncture wounds at the site of your varicose vein and removes it.

High litigation and vein stripping

With high ligation and stripping, your vein is tied off and removed right before it reaches your deep vein. Your body then reroutes blood through another vein.

Endoscopic vein surgery

During endoscopic vein surgery, Dr. Popovich inserts a surgical camera into the area where you have varicose veins for a better look. He then closes the vein and removes it. This technique may be recommended if there’s concern your veins may lead to the development of leg ulcers.

For varicose vein removal from a vascular expert, call Dr. Popovich’s office or book an appointment online.