What are varicose veins?
A common problem for people from ages 15 to 90, varicose veins are large dilated veins in the legs, part of a disease called venous insufficiency, in which veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart.
In some cases, varicose veins — which some patients may notice on their legs or feet — have no symptoms and may merely be a cosmetic concern. Other times, varicose veins can be painful and even cause swelling in the ankles and feet after standing.
Symptoms also include:
- Throbbing in the veins
- Leg achiness
- Leg heaviness
- Leg and foot Itching
Patients may develop advanced venous insufficiency and notice color skin changes in the lower leg and even ulcers. Varicose veins are often genetic, but patients can develop them if they stand or sit for too long. If left untreated, varicose veins may lead to serious pain and skin changes.
Related to Varicose Veins
Most vein treatment is nonsurgical, resulting in minimal discomfort and a faster recovery. Our goal is to get you back to your regular activities as quickly as possible.
- Compression stockings
- Laser therapy and ablation
- Cosmetic treatments to remove spider veins (smaller versions of varicose veins)
Why get treatment?
Varicose vein therapy may be recommended for the following:
- Leg pain, often described as heavy or tired
- Ulcers or sores that are caused by poor blood flow in the veins
- Improving the appearance of the leg
- Lipodermatosclerosis - fatty tissue under that skin that hardens over time from high blood pressure in a vein
- Treatment takes less than an hour
- Minimal Pain
- Performed in the office with local anesthesia
- Return to work the next day
- No scars
- Symptoms alleviated by procedure
- Usually covered by insurance if veins are symptomatic
Noninvasive diagnostic tests give you results the same day to let you know if you are a candidate for vein treatment.