Varicose Vein Treatment
VARICOSE VEINS affect both women and men. They are not just a cosmetic problem. They are a common medical problem that affects 25% of woman and 10% of men. Left untreated, these damaged veins may progress to a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Upstate Vascular Services offers minimally invasive procedures to treat varicose veins that allow for a short recovery and a quick return to everyday activities.
Why Do I Have Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are caused by broken or missing valves inside the veins. The valves are normally one-way, directing blood from the feet back up to the heart. Once damaged, some blood flows back down the vein and can pool. This is called reflux. As pressure builds up in the veins from blood pooling, the walls of the vein stretch and become thin and twisted. Some will show beneath the skin as deep blue, often raised, crooked lines.
Risk factors for varicose veins include family history, obesity, pregnancy; occupations that require prolonged standing or sitting, aging, and female sex.
Are Varicose Veins a Medical Problem?
Not all varicose veins require treatment. As with any medical condition, it is best to have a complete evaluation with a vein specialist to determine the appropriate way to manage your symptoms. Some symptoms can be managed with compression stockings. Others will need procedures performed to remove the damaged veins to alleviate pain and swelling and prevent more serious complications. Most insurance plans will cover treatment for varicose veins that cause pain or swelling in the legs.
Should I Have My Varicose Veins Treated?
- Do you experience leg pain, aching or cramping?
- Do you experience leg or ankle swelling, especially at the end of the day?
- Do you feel "heaviness" in your legs?
- Do you experience restless legs?
- Do you have skin discoloration or texture changes in you lower legs?
- Do you, or have you ever had open wounds or sores on your legs?
- Do you stand for long periods of time, such as at work?
- Do you frequently perform heavy lifting?
If you have answered yes to 2 or more of the above questions, you may have varicose veins with significant venous reflux disease and may be a candidate for treatment to remove the damaged veins that cause symptoms.
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