Chronic venous insufficiency, the condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, affects an estimated 40 percent of American adults. To have venous insufficiency means that some of the valves in some of the veins of the body, usually in the lower extremities, aren’t functioning as they should. Vascular valves are supposed to allow blood to flow forward only. Dysfunctional valves don’t close well enough, so some blood pools in various parts of a vein. Factors that contribute to venous insufficiency include weight, age, heredity, sedentary lifestyle, prolonged standing, and multiple pregnancies. The spider veins that can result from venous insufficiency are cosmetically concerning. The varicose veins that can form can become downright uncomfortable.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are known for being swollen and ropy. Additional symptoms include:
- A sensation of heaviness in the legs
- Leg cramps or aching
- Throbbing pain near the veins
- Restless legs
- Swollen ankles
- Itching or burning near swollen veins
When is Vein Treatment Necessary?
Varicose vein treatment can be performed at any time after symptoms occur. There is no need to wait until veins become “concerning enough” to see a vein specialist. Some of the reasons that patients come to see us at the Vascular Institute of Virginia include:
- Varicose veins are aesthetically concerning
- One or more swollen veins has become warm or tender to the touch
- Discoloration of the skin has developed over or near a varicose vein
- The legs are frequently restless, achy, or uncomfortable
- Lifestyle changes are not improving comfort
Spider veins and varicose veins must be treated in some way. They do not resolve on their own. Conservative remedies such as walking daily and wearing compression stockings may alleviate discomfort, but they do not treat the affected veins. The only way to get rid of the swelling and aching is to undergo an appropriate vein treatment.
Varicose Veins are Our Specialty
The team at the Vascular Institute of Virginia uses gentle, minimally-invasive techniques to correct varicose veins. Our modalities have been developed for safety, efficacy, and comfort. Treatment options available at our facilities include endovenous laser therapy(EVLT), ambulatory phlebectomy, and sclerotherapy. ClosureFast and VenaSeal are the two top treatments used at The Vascular Institute of Virginia. Treatments are simple and proven effective. Patients typically achieve a satisfactory outcome in one to three appointments.
Contact us online or by phone at 703-763-5224 to schedule your vein treatment consultation at our Fredericksburg or Woodbridge location.