Varicose Vein Treatment
An estimated 40 percent of people in the United States have chronic venous insufficiency. The Vascular institute of Virginia is a trusted vein treatment center of excellence. Venous insufficiency can present itself as a spider or varicose veins and may be a sign of significant underlying venous disease. Venous insufficiency can be the result of heredity, age, gender, weight, history of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots), multiple pregnancies, inactivity and occupations that require prolonged sitting or standing.
Signs and Symptoms
- Swollen ankles
- Leg cramps
- Restless legs
When the veins are damaged, gravity will hinder normal blood flow causing blood to form pools in the weakened, damaged veins. The pooling blood causes these veins to enlarge. Twisted masses of veins beneath the surface of the skin, known as varicose veins, often result. Varicose veins are larger and located deeper in the leg than spider veins. Spider veins are small red, blue and purple veins on the surface near the skin.
How are Varicose Veins Treated?
There are generally 2 treatment options:
· Conservative measures such as the use of compression stockings and change in lifestyle
· Corrective treatments such as endovenous laser therapy(EVLT), ambulatory phlebectomy, and sclerotherapy.