What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are abnormal, big blue bulging leg veins. They arise from leaky valves in the superficial venous system. Varicose veins can develop at any age and tend to get worse over time. They develop more commonly in women and may have some hormonal component. There are also genetic factors at work. Most people with varicose veins experience symptoms which may include: aching, a full heavy sensation, throbbing, tingling, itching, warmth, or swelling. If left untreated, varicose veins can cause brown staining called hemosiderin deposition, white patches called atrophie blanche, or flaking itchy skin called stasis dermatitis. If allowed to progress further patients may develop stasis ulcers or bleeding.
For decades, doctors have ignored varicose veins, but varicose veins are much more than a cosmetic issue. It is clear that they can cause significant symptoms and they are most definitely disfiguring. Modern treatments are effective at eliminating symptoms, restoring function, and improving body image.
Do not be embarrassed about showing your legs to your doctor. If you see your legs in any of our pictures feel free to call for an appointment. Varicose veins are common, curable, and treatments are covered by insurance and Medicare. If your legs look like any of the legs in our pictures please call us, we can help you.
Varicose Vein Treatment Options:
- Graded compression hose
- Endovenous laser ablation (ELAS/EVLT)
- Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy
- Combination of treatments