Varicose Veins & Spider Veins
Spider Veins and Varicose Veins are swollen, twisted, and sometimes painful veins that have filled with an abnormal collection of blood.
What Are the Symptoms of Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?
- Fullness, heaviness, aching, and sometimes pain in the legs
- Visible, enlarged veins
- Mild swelling of ankles
- Brown discoloration of the skin at the ankles
- Skin ulcers near the ankle
What Are the Causes of Varicose Veins?
Spider Veins and Varicose Veins are the result of dysfunctional valves in the veins normally responsible for regulating blood movement. When the valves fail, blood remains in the veins causing vein enlargement, particularly in the legs. Valve dysfunction is known to occur as a result of:
- Defective valves from birth (congenitally defective valves)
- Blood clots
- Other conditions
- Standing for long periods of time
- Increased pressure to the abdomen
What Are the Treatments for Varicose Veins?
There are multiple treatments for varicose veins and spider veins because each patient is different and each presentation of venous disease is unique to everyone. Treatments may involve EVLT, Radiofrequency ablation, Sclerotherapy, Ambultory phlebectomy and some other more exotic treatments as well. With all of our vein patients we do recommend regular use of compression stockings to maximize healing and improve circulation in the veins of the lower limbs. You will need a specific appointment with Dr. Crippen to determine the best treatment for your specific condition but you should also know that all of our treatments are performed in our own medical facility and you do not need to visit the hospital or be subjected to a general anesthetic. Most patients are surprised to hear how simple and quick it is to have those veins treated that have been bothering them for so many years.
Quick Answers About Vein Treatment
I'm trying to figure out what is causing my Varicose veins. Can anyone help? I've tried changing a lot of things. I am a male in my 40s. I don't think that I have any unusual habits. I stay pretty healthy, and I don't spend that much time sitting down. I don't hear about many men my age having this problem that often,
There are a lot of factors, known and unknown, that contribute to Varicose veins but if you’re an otherwise healthy person the reason is usually genetic. This means that you are predisposed to developing Varicose veins and there isn’t much you can do to prevent them. Many men suffer from this problem but most don’t do anything about them unless they have complications related to them.
I have Varicose Veins because of a pregnancy, will they go away when the baby arrives? I'm really hoping they will, but I'm afraid they won't.
Varicose Veins usually arrive because of a genetic predisposition to getting them for a variety of reasons. Pregnancy accelerates the rate at which you will see them but they were going to become an issue regardless. The answer to your question however, is yes, they will get better when the baby arrives and there is no longer that same amount of pressure in the abdomen but they will not simply go away. Likely what will happen, is your veins will get better in appearance but continue to worsen over time. If you have another pregnancy, the veins will become worse again on top of that.
The best course of action is to wear compression stockings throughout your pregnancy, that should really minimize the progression of the veins becoming worse throughout your pregnancy and there is no risk to doing so.
My Varicose Veins are painful, but are they dangerous? I was thinking about having my Varicose veins taken care of soon, but I've recently been told it can be dangerous to leave them alone. Is that so?
i get this question quite a lot. there is no simple answer here but the big take-home message is that varicose veins are rarely if ever dangerous. they may cause you pain, swelling, discomfort and other symptoms but you don’t usually HAVE to treat them. they do worsen over time however. having large, untreated varicose veins does put the patient at risk for having a deep vein thrombosis (dvt) but this is a rare event and should not be a reason to undergo treatment. i feel that too many patients are treated with varicose veins and are scared into treatment when other simple things can greatly alleviate their discomfort.
How long should the effects of spider vein treatments last? How often would I need to redo this treatment, or could I redo it as soon as it starts bothering me any even if it's not yet visible?
Treatments for spider veins is usually done on an ongoing basis. This is because the body will produce more of these small little veins over time even though other ones are removed by injection treatments or sclerotherapy.