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Can You Prevent Varicose Veins?

In Northern Michigan winter can be a tough slog. But think of the bright side — at least you can cover up those pesky varicose veins on your calves! Varicose veins aren’t beloved by anyone. The raised veins making curly paths across your legs are unsightly, but at least they usually stop at that. Varicose […]

  • Posted on: Jan 15 2022
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All I Want for Christmas Is My Compression Stockings

OK, nobody would really want to swap their actual Christmas stocking for the compression sort, especially in the winter wonderland of Northern Michigan! But compression hosiery is an important tool to protect your legs from developing varicose veins and spider veins. They are also something Dr. Heeringa will put our patients in after we’ve performed […]

  • Posted on: Dec 15 2021
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Don’t Let Your Spider Veins See Another Spring

We love living in Northern Michigan because of all the outdoor fun that is so close at hand. Hiking, boating, golfing, camping, swimming in Traverse Bay or myriad other lakes. In the summers it seems we’re always in shorts, a sundress, or a swimsuit.  As we’re heading into Thanksgiving, the sundresses are now relaxing in […]

  • Posted on: Nov 15 2021
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About Those Scary Hands

Our hands have certain disadvantages when it comes to aging. First, the skin is quite thin, and it thins more with age. Second, the veins and tendons remain the same height while the skin and tissue around them decrease. Third, our hands are almost always exposed, unlike the other skin on our bodies.  Add this […]


The Swelling of Lymphedema

When your veins aren’t functioning fully, especially in the legs, this can allow the blood to pool. This is the cause of varicose veins, but another more serious condition that also can develop is known as lymphedema. If a patient develops lymphedema due to venous insufficiency, there’s a good chance he or she has wound […]


Options for Conservatively Addressing Varicose Veins

At Northern Michigan Vein Specialists, usually the first option for treating varicose veins is the use of various conservative treatments. In fact, this is a requirement for most insurance companies before they will approve more involved treatments such as radiofrequency ablation.  In this toasty August blog, let’s get into these conservative treatment options.  What are […]


Stenting for Venous Obstruction

Malfunctioning valves in our leg veins can lead to problems with varicose veins. But another problem, venous obstruction, can occur in these leg veins, as well. Dr. Heeringa treats this impeded blood flow in these veins with venous stenting.  What causes chronic venous obstruction?  The standard treatment of deep vein thrombosis in the legs is […]


How Your Vein Valves Work…or Don’t

At Northern Michigan Vein Specialists, much of Dr. Heeringa’s efforts are spent helping patients deal with malfunctioning veins, more specifically the valves in their veins. Here’s a little primer on your veins and valves and how they’re supposed to work.  How the valves work  Our veins, along with the arteries, carry blood to and from […]


Your Hands Are Showing Their Age

Everyone is concerned when varicose veins and spider veins show up on their calves and ankles, but people overlook veins that appear on the backs of their hands. Considering how visible your hands are, these veins can really make you look older. At Northern Michigan Vein Specialists, we offer cosmetic treatments for veins on the […]


Let’s Glue those Varicose Veins Closed

Treatments for varicose veins have dramatically improved over the past 15 years. Formerly, varicose veins usually had to be removed surgically with vein stripping. This could require up to four weeks of recovery. Today, stripping is rarely necessary, as Dr. Heeringa can usually use minimally invasive options for closing off varicose veins. One of those […]


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