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What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are dilated, twisted blood vessels that don’t control blood flow as
they should. These veins are often misunderstood as simply a cosmetic issue, but
when left untreated varicose veins can progress to a more serious condition called
chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
Varicose veins and spider veins are not the same. Spider veins are thread-sized red,
blue, or purplish veins that get their name from their weblike appearance. Spider
veins are close to the skin surface, and usually aren’t painful, but people
sometimes get them treated for cosmetic reasons.
What causes varicose veins?
Unlike varicose veins, healthy veins have valves that keep blood
flowing toward the heart. Venous insufficiency develops when the
valves stop working properly, causing blood to flow backward and
pool in the lower legs.
You may be at risk of developing varicose veins if you:
Have a family history of varicose veins
Don’t get enough exercise
Sit or stand for prolonged periods of time
Are overweight or obese
Have a history of leg injury or trauma
Pregnancy also increases your risk of developing varicose veins.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Common symptoms of varicose veins and venous insufficiency include:
Itching Fatigue Cramping
Burning Leg Pain Night Cramps
Tingling Heaviness Restless Legs
Soreness Throbbing Swollen Legs
Discoloration of the skin around the veins
You can have symptoms of vein disease without visible varicose veins. Vein disease is progressive and worsens over time.
How are varicose veins treated?
The goal of treatment for venous insufficiency is to reduce or stop the backward flow of blood. Virginia Advanced Medical can perform diagnostic testing and then make a recommendation about which treatments are best for
you. In most cases, diagnostic imaging and treatments are covered by health insurance.
With proper treatment, patients experience relief from symptoms and prevent disease progression. Without treatment, signs and symptoms can progress, which can significantly impact your quality of life and lead to venous ulcers.
Treatments for varicose veins include these in-office procedures:
The ClosureFast procedure uses radiofrequency energy that heats and closes your
diseased vein. This outpatient procedure is minimally invasive and only requires
local anesthesia at the site of treatment.
You can also expect:
Faster recovery than laser treatment
Use of compression stockings for only one week
Less pain than laser treatment
The ClosureFast procedure is used in over 100 countries around the world and has helped more than 2 million people.
There’s no need for downtime following your varicose vein treatments.
Endovenous Transdermal Microfoam Ablation
The VenaSeal system uses specially formulated medical adhesives that seal (close off) the diseased vein. Your body then reroutes blood to nearby healthy veins to relieve your symptoms.
Benefits of the VenaSeal system include:
Simple, outpatient procedure
No tumescent anesthesia
Less pain and bruising than thermal ablation
Faster recovery than thermal ablation
No need for compression stockings after the procedure
More than 100,000 people around the world have been treated with the VenaSeal system.
To schedule an evaluation to discuss your varicose vein treatment options, contact the office TODAY!
Polidocanol foam is injected through a catheter or by direct injection into the malfunctioning vein. The foam fills and treats the desired section of the vein, and the diseased vein collapses and the foam is deactivated.
No incisions, sedation, or general anesthesia is required and is effective to treat veins of different sizes above and below the knee. Only requires one or two needle sticks per treatment, and dissolves into the bloodstream, leaving no foreign substances in the vein.