Find the Solution to Your Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are visible, enlarged, bulging veins that affect the legs. Varicose veins differ from spider veins in that they are larger and deeper. Varicose veins commonly cause significant symptoms such as pain, heaviness or fatigue or the leg, itching, swelling, cramps and restless leg syndrome. When advanced, varicose veins can cause eczema, skin inflammation and venous ulcers, which are non-healing sores of the lower leg.
No singular cause has been determined for varicose veins, but several factors can increase the chance of developing them:
- Being female
- Standing occupation
- Leg injury
- SCLEROTHERAPY is the injection of medication into a vein, which causes the vein to shrink. A treatment takes about 20 minutes.
- ULTRASOUND-GUIDED SCLEROTHERAPY is the injection of medication into a vein that is below the skin, and thus not visible without the aid of an ultrasound machine. This treatment is done under local anesthesia and takes about 10 minutes.
- AMBULATORY PHLEBECTOMY is a method of removing varicose veins using tiny punctures in the skin which problem veins are extracted. Suturing is unnecessary and usually there is no visible scar. Most procedures take about an hour.
- ENDOVENOUS LASER TREATMENT delivers pulses of laser light directly inside the vein, which causes the vein to collapse and seal shut. It is remarkably effective. The procedure is done in our office under local anesthesia.
- COMPRESSION STOCKINGS apply graduated pressure to the leg from the ankle up. This helps the blood return to the heart, which reduces congestion in the leg veins.
If you would like to discuss which varicose vein treatments are right for you, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.