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Vascular Conditions:

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are swollen veins that you can see through your skin. They often look blue, bulging, and twisted. Varicose veins can appear anywhere on the body but typically are found on the legs. Spider veins are a milder type of varicose veins and generally resemble a spider’s web. Left untreated, varicose veins may worsen over time.

Symptoms

    The symptoms of varicose veins may resemble other conditions so it is important to consult a physician for a proper diagnosis. You may notice small clusters of veins in a winding pattern on your leg, or soft, slightly tender knots of veins. Severe varicose veins may result in more serious skin problems. Sometimes, the skin on your legs may become irritated, or even form sores.

    Other symptoms include:

  • color changes in the skin
  • ulcers on the legs
  • rash

Treatment

    Sclerotherapy - is the most common treatment for both varicose and spider veins. This is a procedure involving a special solution injection into the varicose veins that causes them to harden from the inside out so that they no longer fill with blood. Your body will eventually absorb the veins that received the injection.
    Ablation - uses a thin, flexible tube called a catheter inserted into a varicose vein. Tiny electrodes at the tip of the catheter heat the walls of your varicose vein and destroy the vein tissue. As with chemical sclerotherapy, your vein is then no longer able to carry blood, breaks up naturally, and is absorbed by your body.
    Laser treatment - is another way to treat varicose veins. Your physician inserts a tiny fibre into a varicose vein through a catheter. The fibre sends out laser energy that kills the diseased portion of your varicose vein. The vein closes and your body eventually absorbs it.
    Vein Stripping- to perform this procedure, your physician disconnects and ties off all varicose veins associated with the saphenous vein, the main superficial vein in your leg. Your physician then removes this vein from your leg. A procedure, called small incision avulsion, can be done alone or together with vein stripping. Small incision avulsion allows your physician to remove varicose veins from your leg using hooks passed through small incisions. In a similar procedure called TIPP, your physician shines an intense light on your leg to show your veins. Once your physician locates a varicose vein, he or she passes a suction device through a tiny incision and suctions out the vein. Although these procedures sound painful, they cause relatively little pain.

    Non-surgical methods for treating varicose veins include elevation of the legs and/or compression stockings.

    Call 732-249-0360 for an appointment.