Varicose Vein Therapy
Varicose veins are swollen, dark blue or purple blood vessels that you can see and feel beneath the skin. They often look like twisted cords, and usually appear on the calves, inside of the legs, and ankles. Varicose veins form when the valves within a vein weaken and allow some blood to flow backward. The vein weakens under the additional strain and balloons outward, raising the skin surface.
Varicose veins occur more commonly in men than in women, and the risk tends to increase with age. Patients with varicose veins do not usually experience any pain from this condition, although some may develop aching, throbbing, cramping and other symptoms that may indicate a need for medical attention. While not usually of medical concern, many patients with varicose veins are bothered by their appearance and seek treatment.
Varicose veins are typically diagnosed through a physical examination of the affected area. Treatment options typically begin with conservative methods, such as losing weight, keeping the legs elevated, and wearing compression stockings. Varicose veins that remain unresponsive to the aforementioned treatment methods may require more advanced forms of treatment.
Endovenous Laser Therapy is the latest FDA-approved, minimally invasive procedure for unsightly, bulging varicose veins. Laser treatment is done in our office under local anesthesia, and requires little to no recovery time. In fact, most patients can come during their lunch break, get the procedure done in about 45 minutes, and return to work the same day!
There is no definite way to prevent varicose veins from developing; however, there are certain measures that can be taken to reduce your risk of developing this condition. This may include:
- Exercising regularly
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a diet high in fiber and low in salt
- Elevating the legs
- Sitting or standing up at regular intervals
Dr. Yates will provide you with more information as to how you can reduce your risk of varicose veins and maintain strong vascular health.
For more information on Varicose Vein Therapy or to make an appointment, call us at 563.275.4701.