Varicose Veins

 

  Varicose veins are abnormal veins that can occur in the legs. They can be small, thin purple-colored lines (called “spider veins") that lie just below the skin surface, or they can appear as thick, bulging or knotty veins. While many people think that varicose veins are simply a cosmetic issue, there is in fact often an underlying medical problem that causes varicose veins. This medical condition is called venous reflux disease.

 

About varicose veins:

In healthy legs, your veins contain valves that normally allow blood to move in one direction, returning blood from your legs to your heart. When the valves in your leg veins cannot close properly, the blood pools in your leg veins which causes pressure and swelling. This pooling and pressure caused by diseased vein valves is a symptom of venous reflux disease.

 

Varicose veins are a common medical condition. It is estimated that 25 million people in the United States suffer from painful symptoms of varicose veins caused by venous reflux disease.

 

 

varicose veins symptoms

Symptoms:

People with varicose veins frequently say that their legs feel "full" or tired, or are heavy, itch or throb. Varicose veins can be painful. Sometimes people with varicose veins experience swelling of the legs or ankles. Left untreated, the signs and symptoms of varicose veins can also include skin changes such as discoloration, inflammation and even ulcers.

 

Venous reflux is a progressive disease. That means that if left untreated, it can progress to more serious symptoms. Varicose veins caused by venous reflux disease will not go away by themselves.

 

 Varicose veins are often common within families. Also, people who stand for long periods of time or perform heavy lifting, women who have had multiple pregnancies, and those who are obese may be more at risk for varicose veins.

Text Box: Treatment options :
Sclerotherapy means injecting the unwanted veins with a medication that shrinks the vein and eventually the vein is absorbed by the body.

Ambulatory phlebectomy means removing the problem veins with tiny incisions under local anesthesia.

VNUS Closure refers to a new procedure which removes the problem vein.  A Closure catheter is slipped into the vein under ultrasound guidance, and radiofrequency energy is used to shrink the vein. This is done under local anesthesia in the office.

VNUS Closure procedure

Text Box: VNUS Closure is a clinically proven, minimally invasive procedure that treats varicose veins and their underlying cause, venous reflux, with little or no pain. Closure patients can walk away from the vein procedure and be back to everyday activities – either at home or at work – typically within a day. Patients no longer have to undergo painful vein stripping in the hospital. Varicose veins can now be treated in Dr. Zdankiewicz’s office with the VNUS Closure method.

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