It is estimated that approximately 40 percent of Americans have chronic venous insufficiency. This condition, a significant contributor to spider veins and varicose veins, may result from several factors. A person whose family parents or siblings have spider veins or varicose veins is much more likely to get them than one without a family history. Additional factors that can increase the risk of chronic venous insufficiency include weight, age, gender, sedentary lifestyle, and a history of deep vein thrombosis.
How Do I Know if I Have Varicose Veins?
Unlike spider veins, which are small, web-like clusters, varicose veins may be large, bulging, and visible. Because this is what they are known for, the subtler signs of varicose veins may be missed. Not all varicose veins are visible right away. They may be felt much more than they are seen.
Signs that you may have varicose veins include:
- Swollen ankles
- Leg cramps
- Restless legs
Is there a Best Treatment for Varicose Veins?
Doctors generally take one of two approaches to treat varicose veins and their symptoms. The conservative approach involves lifestyle changes for the patient and the use of medical grade compression stockings. When corrective treatment is necessary due to the severity of symptoms, a doctor may recommend several options. These may include:
- Sclerotherapy, which closes the vein or veins via injections of an FDA approved medication.
- Endovenous laser therapy, EVLT, which closes veins via a tiny catheter and controlled laser energy.
- Ambulatory phlebectomy, a minimally invasive procedure that removes the vein through a tiny incision in the skin.
- ClosureFast radiofrequency ablation, which closes the via via a tiny catheter and controlled radiofrequency energy.
- VenaSeal medical adhesive, which involves injecting the vein with a prescription medical adhesive.
All of the varicose vein treatments offered at the Vascular Institute of Virginia have a strong history of successful results that have been proven through clinical testing and years of performance. Which is best for a patient is not dependent so much on the technique but on their needs. For example, some patients may be better suited for non-thermal vein treatments, so may be good candidates for sclerotherapy or VenaSeal.
Our team performs a thorough consultation and examination for every patient to determine the best course of action for their varicose veins. To learn more, call 703-763-5224 to schedule your consultation today