About Varicose Veins

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About Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are more than a cosmetic concern. Although most people think of spider veins as unsightly, they may signal more serious underlying vein disease and reflux – especially if associated with leg swelling and heaviness during the day, or Restless Leg Syndrome at night. Damaged veins take many different forms, from small surface veins to large, grape-like clusters. No matter what size or shape, these are signs of vein disease and may be caused by faulty valves. With varicose veins, treatment is important because, without treatment, they may lead to more serious complications, such as ulcerations, blood clots or spontaneous venous rupture. Because varicose vein disease is a medical condition, many of our treatments for varicose veins and reflux are covered by most insurance plans.

Many people inherit vein disorders, and the incidence is higher in women than men. In the United States almost 25% of all adults suffer from painful and unsightly vein conditions, and 50% of women have vein disease. If you are somebody who suffers from varicose veins, treatment is here.

Treatments:

  • Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) – Used to treat saphenous vein reflux, which is the most important factor underlying varicose vein disease. ELVT eliminates unsightly varicose veins with no hospital stay, no scarring and no lengthy recovery or side effects.
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy – This procedure is the most common treatment for varicose veins, either in the event that laser treatment of the vein is not feasible or as the second stage of treatment after the EVLT. This procedure uses local anesthetic and involves mapping the veins, numbing these areas and making micro punctures in the skin whereby the veins can be "teased" out with tiny hooks. The procedure takes less than an hour, and you will be instantly free from bulging, twisted varicose veins, and back to enjoying your everyday activities.
  • Sclerotherapy – is a nonsurgical procedure performed internally to eliminate visible spider veins by injecting a concentrated glucose solution through a tiny needle.
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Edinburg General Surgeon