What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are abnormally enlarged, swollen veins that are visible at the surface of the skin. They may appear dark purple or blue and look twisted, ropey, and bulged.
Varicose veins develop when veins that are designed to carry blood towards the heart weaken and leak blood in the wrong direction. This causes blood to pool and veins to bulge.
There are many veins in the lower extremities which interconnect, including a deep and superficial system. Usually, abnormalities in the superficial system cause varicose veins. Normally, one-way valves in the veins of the lower extremities direct blood upwards toward the heart against gravity. When these valves become weak or damaged and don’t close properly, blood may flow backward, which is known as venous insufficiency or venous reflux. When these veins cannot handle the excess blood and the pressure transmitted from the refluxing veins, they engorge and become varicose veins.
Who is a Candidate for Varicose Vein Treatment?
Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic concern, but they are also a manifestation of the medical condition known as venous insufficiency. Patients experiencing varicose vein symptoms usually notice that they get worse as the day progresses. Symptoms can include but are not limited to leg pain, swelling, throbbing and aching in the legs. Individuals may get some relief by elevating their legs.
Candidates for varicose vein treatment should be experiencing these symptoms and taking steps to prevent further causes, as well as looking at options for treatment. During a consultation with our vein experts, candidates will be assessed for any conditions that may prevent them from undergoing a minimally-invasive procedure. It should be noted that many insurance companies cover varicose vein treatment if the medical condition causes symptoms that limit activities of daily living.
What Happens During Varicose Vein Treatment?
Our recommended procedure for varicose vein treatment is the VNUSClosure™ procedure, which is an alternative treatment option to traditional vein stripping surgery, and brings state-of-the-art technology to an age-old disease. It is performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound guidance, your physician will position the Closure catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The slender catheter delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy to the catheter, which heats the vein wall. As the vein wall is heated and the catheter withdrawn, the collagen in the wall shrinks and the vein closes. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the insertion site, and additional compression may be provided to aid healing. Your vein specialist may encourage you to walk at frequent intervals and to refrain from prolonged standing and strenuous activities for a period of time. Patients who undergo the Closure procedure typically resume normal activities within a day.
We offer comprehensive solutions to varicose veins that are affecting your quality of life. To see what our vein clinic can do for you, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kayastha and our expert vein specialists.