Varicose veins are an incredibly common problem, and they tend to worsen over time. If you think you may have varicose veins, you need to seek treatment from a qualified professional as soon as possible to deal with your condition.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are abnormal veins that are most likely to develop in the legs. These veins usually appear because of venous reflux disease, which is a condition caused by malfunctioning valves within the veins. When the valves stop working properly, they allow blood to flow backward and pool, which leads to dilation of the veins.
In most cases, varicose veins will appear as blue, purple or red veins in the legs. These veins may be deep within the tissues, or they may be swollen above the surface of the skin. In many cases, patients with varicose veins experience additional symptoms as well. These symptoms may include pain in the legs, swelling, tingling, burning, weakness, cramping, restlessness and even ulceration of the skin.
If you have noticed varicose veins on your legs and/or you are experiencing painful symptoms, it is best to seek treatment as soon as possible. In most cases, this condition will get worse with time. Fortunately, effective treatment for this condition is available. If a vein doctor diagnoses you with varicose veins, you may benefit from:
- Compression therapy – Compression therapy involves putting pressure on the veins in your legs to resolve symptoms. It is most effective for patients with milder cases of varicose veins.
- Sclerotherapy – Sclerotherapy is an injection therapy designed to eliminate varicose veins from the body. During the procedure, the doctor injects a special solution into the affected veins. This solution forces the walls of the vein to stick together and block the flow of blood. Eventually, the body will reabsorb the vein.
- Radiofrequency ablation – During radiofrequency ablation, the doctor inserts a thin catheter into each affected vein. This catheter delivers radiofrequency energy, which seals off the vein and forces it to collapse.
If you think you may have varicose veins, please contact Tri-City Vein Center today to make an appointment with a vein doctor....
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