Varicose veins, also known as spider veins, occur when leaky valves in the vein cause blood to flow backward. This is also known as “reflux”. Causes of varicose veins include age, pregnancy, obesity, standing for long periods of time, and family history.
Pressure on the legs and feet due to pregnancy, obesity, or prolonged standing can strain leg veins. This can result in weakening of the pumps within your veins, as they are forced to work harder against pressure and gravity to pump blood to the heart.
As the body ages, muscles, veins, and valves within the veins can become weakened. Much like skin, veins and vein valves will stretch and lose elasticity with aging, which contributes to the likelihood of varicose veins.
Just like with many other physical and medical traits and conditions, family history can contribute to the likelihood of developing varicose veins.
Varicose Vein Treatment in Lakewood, NY
If you have been diagnosed by your doctor with varicose veins, contact the leading medical center in the greater Western NY & North Western PA area. DiMarco Vein Center can help diagnose and treat your varicose veins with state of the art treatment options. Call today to schedule an appointment!
If you have varicose veins or spider veins, chances are, you’re already familiar with the symptoms: leg cramps and aches, constant tiredness, heaviness in your legs, and of course, the unsightly veins themselves. Most people don’t like living with these symptoms and seek treatment. But with many treatments available, you may not be sure which one is best for you.
The experts at DiMarco Vein Center can help. First, we can give you an overview here of some of the different treatments available. Then, when you come to our office, we can give you a complete examination and recommend the treatment that we think will work best for you. With our help, you might be able to say goodbye to those varicose or spider veins.
This is the simplest and most conservative option. Simply wearing properly fitted support stockings can relieve your symptoms and force the blood to flow as it should. These stockings are available in several styles (below the knee, above the knee, and pantyhose) depending on your needs, lifestyle, and fashion preferences.
Losing a few pounds (if needed), walking frequently, and making sure you have proper skin hygiene can all relieve the symptoms of varicose and spider veins. These are good things to try if the symptoms are likely to be temporary (for instance, if they’re caused by pregnancy).
Sclerotherapy can eliminate an unsightly vein for good. The doctor will inject a salt solution or detergent into the vein, which will cause it to disappear over the next several weeks. It’s an inexpensive outpatient procedure, and it could be a good solution if your issues are mainly cosmetic.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
The doctor will insert a small laser fiber into the vein, which then releases pulses of laser light. These cause the vein to collapse, routing blood flow to healthier veins and eliminating the unsightly vein. This is another outpatient procedure which is normally performed using local anesthesia.
Like endovenous laser treatment, this is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthetic. However, instead of a laser coming through a fiber, radiofrequency energy is delivered to the vein via a catheter. The energy causes the vein to heat up to the point where it collapses and is sealed shut, once again routing blood to healthier veins.
If necessary, we can recommend surgery to treat your problem veins. Surgical options include ligation (tying the vein off) and ambulatory phlebectomy (removing the vein through small incisions). Patients can opt for local, spinal, or general anesthesia. Most patients are able to return home the same day.
Call TodayWhich treatment is right for you? It all depends on your personal medical history, your symptoms, and your ultimate goals for the treatment. All of us here at DiMarco Vein center would be happy to work with you to find the right treatment for your needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment!