Healthy veins contain tiny valves that help keep the blood flowing in the right direction - back to the heart - as it circulates throughout the body. Sometimes, these tiny valves can become damaged and stop functioning properly, allowing blood to “back up” and pool inside the veins, creating the bulging, purplish appearance characteristic of varicose veins. Varicose veins and spider veins become more common with age, and they can also occur more frequently in people who are overweight, those who spend long periods of time standing or sitting each day, women who are pregnant, people who smoke and those who take certain medications for long periods of time, including birth control pills.
In addition to their appearance, varicose and spider veins can cause pain, itching, and aching that can interfere with normal quality of life.
There was a time when the only treatment option for varicose veins was invasive surgery to close off and remove the problematic veins. Today, there are many more options for treatment, enabling each patient to get the best and most appropriate care based on their specific needs. At our practice, we offer several treatment options including:
Procedures can be performed using local anesthetics as needed, especially for larger veins.
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