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Varicose and Spider Veins?

Varicose and Spider Veins?

Varicose and Spider Veins?

Approximately eighty million Americans suffer from some form of venous disease.  Of these nearly fifty million people suffer from visible varicose veins often mistakenly thought to be a cosmetic condition when, in fact, they are truly a reflection of an underlying serious vein problem.  They often cause symptoms and are generally due to an abnormal blood flow called “Venous Reflux”.

In the days past, when a patient complained of ugly and symptomatic veins, the common answer used to be to wear elastic compression stockings.  How long should one wear them?  What if one lived in warmer climates?  Wearing stockings under these conditions is not only not desirable but uncomfortable as well.  Fortunately, the modern technology has treatment options that are simple, outpatient based and associated with minimal discomfort and down time and are covered by most insurances including medicare.

Varicose veins are swollen, bulging and tortuous bluish green veins visible under the skin due to a weakened blood vessel wall or malfunctioning valves.  If the vein valves are functioning normally, the blood flow in them is always towards the heart.  Varicose veins develop when the blood flow is reversed causing stagnation and pooling of blood in the leg veins.

Common factors that contribute to varicose veins are:

  • heredity
  • pregnancy
  • obesity
  • trauma or injury
  • advancing age
  • occupations involving prolonged sitting or standing
  • hormonal to include oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy

Common symptoms include:

  • itching
  • swelling
  • pain
  • restless leg syndrome
  • bleeding or clotting (phlebitis)
  • heaviness
  • fatigue
  • changes in skin color and texture
  • ulcers

Some of the commonly done procedures at The Vein Center of Northeast Ohio, LTD. are:

  • Endovenous thermal ablation either with laser (CoolTouch CTEV) or radiofrequency energy (Venefit™ procedure, formerly known as VNUS Closure®)
  • Ligation
  • Phlebectomy
  • Sclerotherapy
  • VeinWave (for smaller spider veins)

For more information about our treatment options or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Sudheendra, please call (330) 306-0300.