What Are Varicose Veins?

“These swollen, enlarged, rope-like veins can be seen under the skin and can appear anywhere on your body. However, they mainly affect your legs, feet or thighs.” – source.  Let’s take a closer look at just what exactly varicose veins are.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Many people are always asking what exactly causes varicose veins to develop. There are several different reasons, but in most cases they are related to non-functioning vein valves. It is important for veins valves to remain healthy because they allow blood to flow from your legs towards your heart. In some situations the valves can get damaged, and this causes blood to pool in the legs, and this is what causes varicose veins to form. Your likelihood of developing varicose veins increases greatly if there is a family history of it as well. Unfortunately varicose veins don’t get better on their own, and will likely get worse as time goes on. It is important to treat varicose veins as soon possible so they don’t develop into a more serious condition like leg ulcers. Approximately 40 million people suffer from varicose veins.

Treating Varicose Veins

At Vein Institute, Dr. Afshar offers several innovative solutions for varicose veins at his office. The procedures are done using local anesthesia and cause little to no discomfort or recovery time. There are a few different options available when it comes to treating varicose veins. Radiofrequency Ablation (RF) is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency to deliver heat through a tiny catheter into a problem vein to close it off and dissolve it. Ambulatory Phlebectomy is an office-based minor surgical procedure that removes larger varicose veins. With this procedure Dr. Afshar uses tiny incisions to remove sections of veins at the surface of the skin. One of the benefits of this procedure is that it only takes about 60 minutes and requires little to no time off from work. If you are looking for a more conservative approach, Dr. Afshar can prescribe prescription-strength-compression stocking to alleviate painful symptoms. These stockings must be worn every day for an indefinite amount of time. To learn more about the options we have available please click here: treatment solutions.

If you have varicose veins, it is important to get them treated sooner rather than later. At Vein Institute we pride ourselves on being able to give you stronger, healthier and more beautiful legs without surgery, without pain and without a long recovery time. You can click to  make your appointment for a free consultation or by calling 203-426-5554.

References:
Varicose Veins. VaricoseVeins.org.

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