Varicose veins are common and often viewed as more of a cosmetic concern than a health issue. But those gnarled veins on your leg may indicate that you have circulation issues. Board-certified thoracic surgeon Peter Vajtai, MD, at Veinity MD in Las Vegas, specializes in the management of varicose veins and offers many treatment options to improve circulation and the look of your skin. Call the office today to schedule an appointment.
Varicose Veins Q & A
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins refer to the enlarged gnarled veins that appear under your skin. While varicose veins can occur anywhere on your body, they most often develop on the legs.
Your veins are responsible for returning blood to your lungs and heart for reoxygenation. While your muscles contract to push the blood toward your heart, valves in your veins open and close to keep the blood going only in one direction. If your valves are damaged, blood may leak backward, which causes the vein to enlarge.
Both men and women can develop varicose veins, but they’re more often seen in women. Obesity, genetics, and a job that requires you to stand on your feet for an extended period increase your risk of developing varicose veins.
What are varicose vein symptoms?
Varicose veins are often associated with their visual symptoms. However, you may also experience physical symptoms from your enlarged veins, including:
- Leg pain
- Swelling in your lower legs
- Aching or burning sensation
- Itching at the site of your vein
While varicose veins aren’t usually a serious health concern, these other symptoms may indicate that your varicose veins are affecting circulation and should be evaluated.
What are the treatments for varicose veins?
Dr. Vajtai offers many treatment options for your varicose veins. The best treatment for you may depend on the size of your varicose veins and your symptoms.
Treatment options may include:
Before he recommends more invasive treatment, Dr. Vajtai may first suggest that you use compression stockings. These medical garments improve the blood circulation in your legs. While they can’t improve the varicose veins you have, they may prevent them from getting worse, and reduce your risk of developing more.
Sclerotherapy is a common treatment for varicose veins. During this treatment, Dr. Vajtai injects a special solution into the affected vein, which causes the vein to collapse. Your body then reroutes the flow of blood, and the varicose vein disappears over the next several weeks.