Understanding Varicose Veins
Approximately 40 million people suffer from varicose veins. While the majority are women, the Vein Institute of Connecticut provides the same exceptional care to both our male and female patients with the same successful results.
Varicose veins most often present with one or more of the following symptoms in your legs:
- Swelling or throbbing
- Pain or cramping
- Heaviness or tiredness
- Tingling or burning sensations
- Itching sensation
- Tenderness in spots around a vein
- Urge to move legs frequently to stop odd sensations
You may not think you have a varicose vein unless you can see a visibly unattractive, rope-like vein running along a leg. But if you are experiencing symptoms of discomfort, it’s often a sign that the veins below the surface are causing a medical problem. The circulation controlling the flow of blood to the heart may not be flowing properly, causing stress on your veins and extra work for your circulatory system. Although not life-threatening, varicose veins are an indication of a larger vascular problem that should not be ignored.
If left untreated the varicose veins will continue to grow and your symptoms may progress to more serious complications including:
- Blood clots (e.g., DVT deep vein)
- Phlebitis (Inflammation in veins)
- Thrombosis (clotting in the circulatory system)
- Ankle sores or skin ulcers
While vein conditions are not preventable and are usually hereditary, they are TREATABLE! Learn more about risk factors.
Great long-term results based on the most accurate diagnosis
The first step toward a successful treatment is an accurate diagnosis. Before making any treatment recommendations, it’s important to determine whether your vein problem is a cosmetic or medical one. Dr. Afshar will take your health history, listen carefully to your concerns and use the latest ultrasound technology to screen for the full spectrum of vein disorders.
We use Doppler Duplex ultrasound imaging to identify vein problems
Doppler Duplex ultrasound imaging is a test that lets us view not only the location and structure of your superficial and deep veins but see how your blood is moving through the blood vessels. We can evaluate the direction the blood is flowing and whether there are any blockages. This innovative, non-invasive test is painless. You will need to lie still and may be asked to wear a blood pressure cuff on your ankle during the test.
Each treatment is based on your unique condition
Dr. Afshar will recommend a treatment based on your current health, your unique situation and your budget. Our non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures can all be done in our office with local anesthesia, allowing you to get back to your work or life almost immediately. Our treatment therapies include:
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RF)
- Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy
- Foam Sclerotherapy
- Compression Therapy