Dr. Robert Musson and the other doctors at Circulatory Centers perform two types of ablation: either with a laser or radiofrequency. In both, a tiny catheter is inserted into the leg and a fiber optic wire cauterizes and closes the vein.

Painful veins


Published: 05/24/2016

by Patricia Nugent

With bathing suit season at last upon us, varicose veins and spider veins will be more apparent than ever. Though the purple and blue veins are unsightly on the surface, this common condition involves more health implications going on deeper in the leg’s tissue that can cause painful symptoms.


People’s legs often feel heavy and tired at the end of the day. And they may experience restless legs that keep them up at night. Since gravity worsens the symptoms, those who stand on their feet or sit a lot during the day suffer more.


“When I graduated from medical school 24 years ago, the treatment was not as efficient as it is today,” says Dr. Robert Musson, who is the medical director of Circulatory Centers. “I want patients to realize how non-invasive and pain-free the new procedures are, and most of them are covered by insurance.”


“The use of ultrasound in vein care has been integral to our success,” adds Dr. Musson, who has performed more than 8,000 vein procedures over the years. “Not only does it help us accurately diagnose what’s going on with the leg initially, but it is also used during procedures to guide us.”


Just Introduced

Last month, Circulatory Centers became one of the first practices in Ohio to offer the newly FDA-approved VenaSeal, a novel procedure in which an adhesive substance is injected into poorly functioning veins to make them collapse.


“This is the future of vein care,” says Dr. Musson. “Since no heat is involved, there is less trauma to the leg. A nice plus is that patients do not have to wear compression stockings afterward.” 


For smaller surface spider veins, the procedure of choice is sclerotherapy, in which a tiny needle injects liquid medication into veins to collapse them as opposed to saline that only masks them. Dr. Musson and the other doctors on staff also perform two types of ablation: either with a laser or radiofrequency to create the heat needed to collapse the vein. In both, a tiny catheter is inserted into the leg and a fiber optic wire cauterizes and closes the vein.


Dispelling Myths about Veins

In 2001, Dr. Musson published a book, “Varicose Veins and Spider Veins: Myths and Realities” in an effort to dispel the many misconceptions about leg vein health.


Here are a few of the most common misconceptions he sees in the office.


Myth: “If I just wait, the veins in my legs might get better on their own.”

Reality: This is a progressively degenerative condition. Valves that regulate blood flow back to the heart will never get better without treatment. And if patients let them worsen, they can turn into leg ulcers, which are harder to treat and cause scarring. 


Myth: “My legs won’t function the same after a few veins are shut down.”

Reality: You have literally miles of superficial veins in your legs, so shutting down ones that were not functioning correctly in the first place will not affect your circulation. 


“If I have one message for people suffering from varicose veins, it would be to not suffer,” he says. “We are the specialists in the field. This is all we do. We care enough to offer the newest and most advanced treatments for the best outcomes.”  


With 25 locations in five states, Circulatory Centers Ohio locations are in Middleburg Heights, Lorain, Willoughby Hills, Fairlawn, North Canton, Warren, Wooster and Canfield. Dr. Robert Musson is an Akron native and graduate of The Ohio State Medical School. Most sclerotherapy and ablation treatments are covered by insurance. Call 1-800-VARICOSE or visit for more information.