Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
Anyone can get varicose or spider veins; however occupations that require standing can cause them, as well as pregnancy or heredity. Varicose veins are darker-colored veins that rise above the surface of the skin; they usually develop in the legs and are transparent through the skin. They can cause leg pain and fatigue. Spider veins are smaller lines of red, blue and purple that may fan out or twist and are visible under the skin. They also develop in the legs and can appear on the face.
Causes and Health Concerns
When veins are working properly, their valves pump blood from the limbs back to the heart. When these valves fail or leak, some of the blood flows backwards where it can collect and pool in the legs. This can cause the veins to become enlarged, and that's when you might experience symptoms such as pain, burning, itching, throbbing and fatigue.
Varicose veins can also interfere with your daily life. Left untreated, varicose veins might cause serious health issues such as venous leg ulcers, skin discolorations or blood clots. For patients with varicose veins, a portion of their treatment might be cosmetic, but some of it may also be medically necessary.
In many instances, treatment for spider veins and varicose veins is quick, easy and requires minimal recovery time. We can achieve optimal results using several different, simple office procedures, including:
- injecting veins with a chemical
- compression-hose therapy
- nonsurgical, minimally invasive treatments such as VNUS®Closure
The VNUS®Closure procedure seals veins from the inside, results in almost no scarring and requires minimal recovery time. VNUS® Closure uses a radio-frequency catheter to close and seal the saphenous vein of the leg with heat. Using ultrasound imaging, a catheter is inserted into the vein through a small puncture near the knee, heats it in segments and withdraws it to seal the vein shut. Patients generally experience little pain or bruising. Most patients are able to walk immediately after the procedure, and be back to normal activity the next day.
- traditional vein stripping surgery
In some cases, traditional vein stripping may be the best choice.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 651-982-7650.
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