About Vein Disease

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At United Vein Centers, our providers treat patients suffering with vein disease every day. Our knowledgeable and skilled vein surgeons make us one of the top vein practices in the region.

Vein Disease

Identifying a vein disorder can be challenging because symptoms may occur very slowly, taking years to reach the threshold that leads to a rapid deterioration. The symptoms a patient suffers depends on the number of risk factors the patient has. According to experts, more than 30 million Americans suffer with varicose vein disease.

Causes of Varicose Vein Disease

Genes play a significant role in whether an individual will have varicose vein disease or not. If both of a patient’s parents suffer from varicose vein disease, his/her chances of developing the disease are nearly 90 percent.

The varicose veins are brought about by the excessive pressure caused by the backward flow of blood in the veins. These poor functioning valves are unable to carry blood to the heart. This causes the blood to pool in the veins of the leg, resulting in varicose (twisted) veins.

Other factors that contribute to vein disease include hardening or long-lasting scars in the vein, as well as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • An achy or heavy feeling in the leg
  • Leg pain and/or discomfort
  • Leg throbbing
  • An itching or burning sensation in the leg
  • Leg swelling
  • Leg cramps
  • Onset of early muscle fatigue
  • A restless feeling in the leg

These symptoms usually occur as a direct consequence of venous insufficiency. At United Vein Centers, our physicians’ goal is to identify and then treat the root cause of a patient’s vein disease. Once the root cause is identified, our physicians can determine the procedure that will best treat their patient’s symptoms.


Spider Vein Treatment

Spider veins are unsightly, which is why some individuals choose to have them treated.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice for our patients with smaller, unsightly ‘spider’ veins.

This procedure involves the injection of an FDA-approved sclerosant. This painless solution causes the treated vein to collapse and then be reabsorbed into the body.

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy offers patients a safe, highly effective procedure in place of the previously required surgical removal. This procedure is used to treat the deeper veins that are not readily visible and the large superficial veins that do not respond to other treatments.

At United Vein Centers, our physicians use ultrasound guidance to find and then inject an FDA-approved solution into the targeted vein. This solution causes the vein’s walls to cave in. Our physicians have the expert-level knowledge necessary to perform this innovative procedure.