are varicose veins?
are veins which are increased in size. This is the result
of failed valves in the veins allowing blood to flow in
the wrong direction causing increased pressure and swelling.
Varicose veins can be seen as bulging or thin blue lines
resembling cob webs. These veins can cause aching, tires
or swollen legs. Symptoms like burning and itching are not
uncommon as well.
causes varicose veins?
The vast majority
of patients have one or both parents with varicose veins.
Second to heredity, working on your feet, being overweight,
or leg trauma are also factors. Hormonal changes can cause
or worsen varicosities as well.
are spider veins?
are a type of small varicosed vein. They are found in both
men and women. In women, spider veins appear to be hormonally
induced and are associated with pregnancy and menstruation.
Many people have both varicosed and spider veins. Although
cosmetic improvement is sought, symptomatic relief occurs
vein disease affect women and men the same?
The short answer
is no. Statistically, 8% of women 20-29 years of age suffer
from varicose or spider veins. This increases with age to
41% of 40-49 year olds. By 60-69 years of age, 72% of women
have some type of varicosity.
As for men, 1 % of 20-29 year olds have varicose or spider
veins. By 30-39 years, approximately 24% have some disease
and by 60-69 years of age, 43% suffer from varicosities.
should I look for in a physician?
venous disease both surgically and with minimally invasive
procedures is essential. General/Vascular surgeons are residency
trained and most knowledgeable in the treatment options
available including the use of lasers. This allows a surgeon
to tailor your treatment to your specific needs.
strip the vein?
a high recurrence rate of approximately 60% over 5 years.
Removing the veins surgically requires incisions, is quite
painful and leaves scars. Rarely, this is the only option
available and is another reason to choose a board certified
types of laser treatments are available?
Treatment (EVLT) is when a laser fiber is inserted into
the vein and activated under a local anesthetic in order
to close the refluxing vein. The topical laser is activated
over the spider veins in order to initiate closure as well.
This is the removal
of larger varicosities through small needle holes. This
is usually done at the time of EVLT or as a primary procedure
and is performed using local anesthesia. Performing micro-phlebectomy
gives the best cosmetic results.
is the injection of a solution into the spider veins in
order to irritate the lining of the vein. This, along with
the use of Class II (30-40 mm Hg) compression stockings
provides the best cosmetic result.
in other areas be treated?
We have treated
veins which are uncomfortable, unsightly or bleeding in
the hands, face, chest, back, and scrotum. Our results with
these procedures have been excellent resulting in many satisfied
I need hospitalization or take time off from work?
preformed in our office and most patients drive themselves
home. Most people will take 1-2 days off from work.