Varicose veins are extremely common, affecting about 40 million men and women in the U.S. In fact, as you get older, there’s a very good chance you’ll develop these purplish, twisting veins as a result of your lifestyle, underlying health issues, or even your genetics. Varicose veins develop when the tiny valves inside the veins begin to weaken and malfunction, allowing blood to collect behind the veins. Eventually, these areas of the vein swell, causing the purplish, raised appearance characteristic of varicose veins.
Varicose Veins: Symptoms
Varicose veins occur most commonly in your legs, and that unsightly appearance is just one sign or symptom they can cause. Many people who suffer from varicose veins also have sensations of heaviness in their legs, or swelling in their ankles and feet.
One of the most common symptoms associated with varicose veins is pain or aching in and around the affected area, ranging from a dull persistent ache to sharp pains. For many, these symptoms increase with physical activity, making even simple tasks like climbing stairs or walking uncomfortable experiences. As a result, people who have painful varicose veins may be less likely to engage in physical activity, making it more likely they’ll develop worsening vein disease and more severe symptoms.
Treating Painful Varicose Vein Symptoms
You can help reduce the painful symptoms of varicose veins by keeping your legs elevated when possible and staying physically active. But ultimately, the only way to get rid of the pain and other symptoms associated with varicose veins is to have them professionally treated. Fortunately, today there are several vein procedures designed to eliminate varicose veins and the painful symptoms they can cause. While traditional vein stripping is still an option in some cases, newer state-of-the-art vein procedures use minimally-invasive techniques like tiny puncture incisions and laser energy to cause controlled damage inside the veins.
During laser treatment, a small puncture is made in the affected vein and a special, thin tube is inserted. The laser energy is emitted from the tip fo the device, delivering the energy to the walls of the veins. Experienced varicose vein surgeons use laser treatment to irritate and scar the vein walls so they close up, preventing the flow of blood and eliminating painful symptoms. Circulation is naturally redirected to neighboring healthy veins so normal blood flow is restored.
Like most vein treatments, varicose vein laser treatment is performed on an outpatient basis, and there’s virtually no downtime, which means you can get back to your normal routine soon afterward. Once the treatment is complete, you’ll wear a special compression garment to apply gentle pressure to the area, speeding healing and reducing swelling and bruising in the area.
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If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from varicose veins, there’s no reason to put up with the aches and pains they can cause. At United Vein Centers, Dr. Gamal Wazni helps patients throughout the greater Tampa area get the care and treatment they need for healthier veins and a better quality of life. Take the next step and learn about your treatment options. Call United Vein Centers today at 800-952-5954 or use our online form and request your personal vein evaluation today.