Having varicose veins is common, and most people may bear it. Usually, they are a cosmetic concern, where you may feel less beautiful or insecure with your appearance. They may resolve on their own, but when they cause pain, you must seek medical attention to avoid complications. Luckily, varicose veins Brooksville specialist Nader Chadda, MD, can solve all your varicose veins problems, especially if they cause pain. In this article, we discuss what varicose veins entail and the treatments.
What are varicose veins?
These are large and twisted veins protruding through your skin surface. They may also appear as purple or dark blue veins. Varicose veins may be unsightly interfering with your appearance.
Besides being a cosmetic concern, varicose veins may cause pain. The pain may indicate a problem in your leg, which may lead to complications when not treated.
What causes varicose veins?
Your leg veins have valves. The valves prevent the blood from flowing backwards to the heart.
However, damage to the valves causes weakening or malfunction, causing blood to flow backwards. The valve malfunctioning causes venous insufficiency. Blood accumulates in the veins due to the backflow of blood, causing varicose veins.
What are you likely to encounter with varicose veins?
You may not show any signs of varicose veins, however, you are likely to have the following symptoms.
· Swollen legs
· Leg pain
· Burning sensation
· Restless legs
· Skin discoloration
When not treated, venous insufficiency may increase the venous pressure in your lower leg. The increased pressure in your leg may lead to rashes, thickened skin, and ulcers.
Venous ulcers usually do not heal faster or on their own and may increase the risk for other severe skin infections. Hence, you require critical medical care to promote healing and lower your risk of complications.
What are the treatment options for varicose veins?
Your provider may first recommend compression stockings, and lifestyle modifications to promote blood flow.
If varicose veins have caused leg ulcers, your provider recommends treating venous insufficiency. It involves eliminating varicose veins. The team at Advanced Heart & Vascular Associates may recommend the following treatments.
It’s a minimally invasive treatment to remove varicose veins using radiofrequency ablation. The treatment begins with your provider applying a numbing cream on the skin around the varicose vein. Then makes an incision near the damaged varicose vein.
With the help of ultrasound, they insert the ClosureFast catheter into the vein and thread the entire varicose vein. The catheter transmits radiofrequency energy, which closes the vein permanently.
It involves closing the varicose veins using a medical adhesive. Your provider injects the medical adhesive with a catheter and puts pressure to close the vein. The medication causes the veins to shrink and disappear with time.
Varicose veins are either a cosmetic, medical concern or both. Whichever the case, medical attention is appropriate to eliminate the problem and prevent complications. Dr. Chadda offers extensive care for varicose veins to relieve pain, among other issues. Call the office at Advanced Heart & Vascular Associates to schedule your consultation.