By Dr. David Smith, Smith Vein Institute
Does your job, vocation, or hobby require you to depend on your legs? Does it require you to stand, walk, or run for prolonged periods of time? If so, are you finding that your legs are holding you back due to them becoming achy, tired, or restless? If you answered, “yes,” your symptoms may be due to venous disease.
If you are one of the many Americans who suffer from some sort of venous disorder, now is a good time to have your veins evaluated. Symptoms of venous disease include leg heaviness, fatigue, and aching, swelling, or restless legs. Varicose veins can eventually pose a serious health risk if left untreated. For example, they can bleed if cut or bumped. They also can form clots and become infected, a condition known as thrombophlebitis. Also, blood pooling in the legs can cause leg swelling, brown discoloration of the skin, and eventually ulceration.
Dr. Smith at Smith Vein Institute considers the venous system as a whole rather than as individual parts. The deep system of veins (deep within the muscular compartments of the legs) communicates with the superficial system of veins, which lie just under the skin and fatty tissue (outside the muscles) through a network of communicating veins, which act as bridges between the two systems.
Since leakiness in the superficial veins is responsible for more than 95% of patients’ problems, an ultrasound evaluation of the lower extremity venous systems is an integral part of a comprehensive venous workup. This evaluation will ensure that any underlying vein problems are identified, and if necessary, corrected before treatment of the external signs and symptoms of venous disease is initiated.
For example, prior to removing bulging veins in the calf, it is important to first identify the underlying leaky vein and seal it, thereby decreasing the chance that other bulging veins will develop in the future.
Approximately 30 million adults in the United States may suffer from treatable superficial venous insufficiency. In the past 5-10 years, significant advances have been made in the treatment of venous insufficiency. Vein stripping has been replaced by endovenous closure procedures as the preferred treatment.
Dr. Smith offers radiofrequency, laser, and endomechanical closure procedures. Treatment is completed in the office, as an outpatient procedure in about 30-60 minutes. It does not require sedation or a hospital stay and is covered by most insurance plans. The vast majority of patients can resume normal activities the same day.
In addition to the treatments above, Dr. Smith also offers ambulatory phlebectomy, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, VeinGogh™, and surface sclerotherapy. He treats not only veins on the leg, but also spider veins of the face, chest, breasts, arms, and hands.
So what are you waiting for? Now is your opportunity to harvest your potential to eliminate your unsightly, and perhaps painful, varicose and spider veins! At Smith Vein Institute, we are committed to comprehensive vein care. Give us a call today!