By Dr. David Smith, Smith Vein Institute
What Are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins?
Are you dreading the summer and warm weather because shorts and skirts put your varicose veins on display? Warmer weather is quickly approaching and with it comes the summer wardrobe. After a lengthy winter, our tans have faded, and spider veins, or bulgy varicose veins may be more obvious. Not only can these veins make us self-conscious in summer apparel but can often cause pain, discomfort, itching, and swelling.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are primarily genetic and result from defective valves in the veins of the legs preventing them from closing properly. Blood accumulates in the veins causing them to bulge and become varicose. Many people experience varicose veins – up to 40% of men and women.
What are the Symptoms?
Varicose veins cause a number of symptoms, including:
- Swelling of the legs
- Dry skin and itching
- Leg heaviness and fatigue
- Skin discoloration
- Aching or Pain
Why treat varicose veins?
Treatment prevents more serious health problems that can occur including:
- Chronic irreversible swelling
- Open sores or skin ulcers
- Thrombosis and Phlebitis (blood clotting in superficial veins and secondary inflammation)
Treating varicose veins will help improve the circulation and overall health of your legs. Once the unhealthy veins are closed, stress is removed from the remaining normal veins helping to prevent them from becoming abnormal as well.
Treatment options vary depending on the type and extent of your vein disease. Each treatment plan must be individualized for each patient and may consist of one or more of the following treatment options:
Compression Stockings – these can be helpful to relieve symptoms while they are on, but do not cure or significantly inhibit disease progression.
Endovenous Laser/Radiofrequency Ablation – this procedure uses a thin laser or radiofrequency fiber inserted into the vein to apply heat energy to close the vein. This is the primary treatment modality used at Smith Vein Institute as it is minimally invasive. It can be completed in the office in 20-45 minutes, has a very high success rate, and has little or no downtime allowing you to resume normal activities typically the same day.
Benefits of Laser/Radiofrequency Treatments
- Performed in a Physician office
- No general anesthesia
- Minimal discomfort
- Treatment in under an hour
- Short recovery period – typically return to normal activities the same day
- Little or no scarring
Ambulatory Phlebectomy – a method of vein removal using multiple tiny needle punctures to remove segments of the vein. This is completed when there are large, bulging and protruding veins. The recovery time is shorter than the older stripping method and there is little or no scarring.
Sclerotherapy – used to treat spider veins by injecting a solution into the veins to close them.
What are you waiting for? It is time to take care of your legs.
Call Smith Vein Institute today to schedule your appointment and ask for Megan. (440) 853-8208