It is estimated that about 20% of all adults will get varicose veins at some point in their lives. Varicose veins are the physical appearance of a problem not visible from the outside. Faulty vein valves allow blood to reflux causing increased pressure in the veins in your legs, we call these veins incompetent.
Visible, often protruding veins, leg fatigue, pain, and swelling are just some of the many symptoms associated with varicosities and venous insufficiency. Often these symptoms are more noticeable near the end of your day and can even affect your sleep. The Vascular Center of Southern Indiana Surgery offers multiple minimally invasive treatment options performed in the comfort of our office with little or no recovery time for you.
- Leg swelling, itching
- Leg pain - barely noticeable when you first wake, worse at days end
- Large protruding leg veins (varicosities)
- Smaller protruding or brightly colored veins (reticular veins)
- Clusters of tiny weblike veins (spider veins)
Risk Factors for Developing Varicose Veins
Family history of varicose or venous insufficiency
Gender, Age, Lifestyle, History
Varicose veins are more common in women than men and generally become more prevalent with age
Being overweight may cause venous insufficiency and varicose veins
Long periods of sitting or standing without regular motion or exercise (at work or at home)
Pregnancy can cause varicosities that may or may not resolve after giving birth
Depending on the cause and severity of the varicose vein, we will treat it in one of the following ways:
- VNUS Closure™ procedure is a minimally invasive, fast recovery alternative to vein stripping. It involves closing the incompetent vein that causes varicosities to form and enlarge.
- Micro phlebectomy - removal of segments of painful or problematic varicose veins, sometimes performed after VNUS Closure™ procedure to remove persistent varicosities.
- Vein stripping - removal of the diseased vein that is the root of the varicosities, most often performed when alternative methods are ineffective or not an option.
- Sclerotherapy - injecting the tiny veins with a sclerosant solution to close the vein, interrupting any flow from the circulatory system.
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