Veins rely on a series of one-way valves to carry blood back to the heart. When those valves begin to fail, venous insufficiency and varicose veins result, as blood begins to backflow and pool in the veins. The result is twisted, enlarged purple or dark blue veins, usually present in the legs and feet. Varicose veins are more common in women, and affect about 23% of all Americans.
Varicose veins can be unsightly and painful. If they become inflamed, they can cause circulation problems, resulting in swollen ankles and aching limbs. Pregnancy, obesity and standing for long periods can be a factor in their development, as can age and family history.
While they are generally harmless long-term, more serious conditions such as stasis dermatitis, in which the skin over varicose veins becomes flaky, ulcerated and prone to bleeding, or phlebitis, a blood clot in the vein, can often develop.
At Modern Vascular & Vein Center we offer several ways to treat varicose veins, including thermal ablation with radiofrequency ablation (RFA), Varithena foam sclerotherapy, and stab phlebectomy.
To learn more about the minimally invasive treatments that Modern Vascular & Vein Center offers, please contact us.