Varicose and Spider Veins
Varicose veins occur when pressure damages the one-way valves that allow veins to keep blood flowing away from the extremities and towards the heart. Valve damage can result in pooling of the blood, which causes the vein to become enlarged and varicose. Spider veins are caused by poor circulation or could be a symptom of varicose vein formation. The thin blue blood vessels are usually harmless.
Risk Factors for Vein Disease
Vein problems are primarily caused by genetics, but other factors can also play a role. For example, as people age, veins can lose elasticity and stretch, and the valves can weaken and malfunction. Also, many pregnant women find that the increase in blood volume and hormone levels causes varicose veins to develop. And each subsequent pregnancy can further compound vein abnormalities. Other risk factors, including leg injuries, obesity, and standing occupations can make one more prone to developing a vein disease.
Symptoms of Vein Disease
Individuals with chronic vein disease might experience itching, burning, or soreness at the vein site, a heavy or aching feeling in the lower legs, throbbing or cramping leg muscles, swelling of the legs, and other symptoms. These symptoms may worsen after long periods of standing or sitting. Complications can develop if vein abnormalities are left untreated, such as venous ulcers, bleeding, and clotting.
Treatment for Vein Disease
At Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center, we offer treatment options for patients dealing with chronic vein disease. For the treatment of spider veins and small varicose veins (Reticular veins), we offer treatment utilizing Laser and Intense Pulse Light. We have treated more than 5000 patients with these modalities with more than 98 percent satisfaction.
Before we recommend these treatments the patients are thoroughly evaluated for the underlying pathology which is usually venous insufficiency. We treat venous insufficiency with Radiofrequency Venous Closure procedure which is minimally invasive procedure and is done in an ambulatory fashion. The patient can go back to work the next day.
In a few selected patients, we do the treatment with sclerotherapy. This is not our preferred treatment modality.
We also offer Endovenous Laser Treatment (ELT), which utilizes an optical fiber injected into the vein to emit infrared light, causing the vein to contract. ELT is a quick, minimally invasive procedure. It requires no downtime and is relatively painless.
For more information on these or other vein treatments, or to schedule your appointment, contact our office today.