Vein Institute of the Midwest

IAC The Vein Institute of the Midwest, located in Shawnee, Kansas, is one of a few in the Kansas City region that is an IAC accredited Vein Center. Our physicians are board-certified vascular surgeons and registered physicians in vascular interpretation. We provide quality venous evaluation, management and treatment of venous disease including varicose veins.

We specialize in state-of-the-art technologies and techniques for the minimally invasive treatment of spider and varicose veins. The techniques are performed in an outpatient setting using local anesthesia and minimal sedation. We deliver excellence with courteous, convenient and cost-effective medical care using state-of-the-art technology.

What is venous disease?

Venous disease, also known as venous insufficiency, is a condition in which the veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart.

A set of three noninvasive, early-detection screenings are often recommended for people over 55 who have not already been diagnosed with vascular disease. Learn more.


Normally, valves in your deeper leg veins keep blood moving forward toward the heart. With long-term (chronic) venous insufficiency, vein walls are weakened and valves are damaged. This causes the veins to stay filled with blood, especially when you are standing.

Chronic venous insufficiency is a long-term condition. It is most commonly due to malfunctioning valves in the veins. It may also occur as the result of a past blood clot in the legs. Risk factors for venous insufficiency include:
  • Age
  • Family history of this condition
  • Female gender (related to levels of the hormone progesterone)
  • Smoking
  • History of deep vein thrombosis in the legs
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sitting or standing for long periods
Pain or other symptoms include:
  • Dull aching, heaviness, or cramping in the legs
  • Itching or tingling
  • Pain gets worse with prolonged standing
  • Pain gets better when the legs are elevated
Skin changes in the legs include:
  • Swelling of the legs
  • Stasis dermatitis (red, crusted or draining of the skin)
  • Varicose veins on the surface
  • Thickening or hardening of the skin on the legs and ankles
  • Wounds or ulcers that are slow to heal on the legs or ankles

Treatments we offer

  • ClosureFastâ„¢ and VenaSealâ„¢ are two state-of-the-art endovenous ablation procedures available for the treatment of varicose veins.
  • Microphlebectomy is used for removing protruding varicose vein clusters by making tiny incisions that heal without scars, and are closed with tape.
  • Sclerotherapy is the precise placement of a chemical solution that seals and destroys spider veins, causing them to disappear.
  • Skin changes and leg venous ulcers are treated with perforator vein ablations.
  • Most insurance companies will provide full coverage to patients who have worn compression stockings but continue to have symptoms such as pain, fullness, aching, swelling, phlebitis, venous stasis ulcers or restless legs.

Learn more about the causes and treatments available for:

spider veins 

varicose veins
Dr. Arnspiger was recently featured on Fox4 News discussing men with varicose veins. See the video here.