Varicose veins not only affect the confidence you feel in your appearance but can also be a sign of underlying vein disease. If you have varicose veins, experienced vascular surgeon Dennis Resetarits, MD, of Surgical Care East, PLLC in Camillus, New York, can help. Dr. Resetarits and his team use innovative, minimally invasive techniques, including sclerotherapy, endovenous radiofrequency ablation, and the VenaSeal™ Closure System to restore health to your legs. Call Surgical Care East, PLLC to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Varicose veins are unhealthy blood vessels that are most likely to appear in your legs. They're visible through your skin and sometimes become so swollen they protrude like twisted ropes. Varicose veins can be blue, red, or purple.
In the earlier stages, varicose veins might be no more than an aesthetic concern. However, as they get bigger, you might start to experience symptoms in your legs such as:
Without timely treatment, varicose veins can cause fluid buildup in your tissues (edema) and eventually lead to the development of venous ulcers. These open wounds are a serious issue that can lead to pain, disability, and in severe cases, amputation.
Varicose veins occur because there's a problem with the valves in your veins called venous insufficiency.
The valves prevent blood from leaking back down your leg when it should be on its way to your heart. If your valves are damaged or weak, blood can trickle backward and collect in places along the vein, resulting in the appearance of varicose veins.
Risk factors for valve damage include sitting or standing for long periods over the years, being overweight or obese, not getting enough exercise, and smoking. Hormonal activity can also be a factor, and it's not uncommon for pregnant women to develop varicose veins.
If other people in your family have varicose veins, you're more likely to get them too.
Dr. Resetarits provides several options for treating varicose veins, all of which cause minimal discomfort and downtime:
VenaSeal™ is a special type of medical adhesive that sticks the sides of the diseased vein together to close off problem veins.
Sclerotherapy consists of injections into the varicose veins using Asclera®, which causes the vein to collapse.
Ablation also collapses the diseased veins but achieves this using radiofrequency energy rather than a chemical solution.
Phlebectomy might be necessary for larger veins. In this procedure, Dr. Resetarits removes your varicose veins through tiny incisions under local anesthetic.
Following your varicose vein treatment, you need to wear compression stockings and avoid anything too strenuous for a few days. The treated veins can't return, but it's possible for new varicose veins to form.
You can help prevent this by making healthy lifestyle changes such as getting regular exercise, quitting smoking, and losing weight.
For more information, call Surgical Care East, PLLC today or book an appointment online.