When is the best time to treat varicose veins?
Varicose Veins affect up to 40% of women and 18% of men in the United States. Varicose veins are caused when the valves in the leg veins stop working properly. The blood is not able to move upward toward the heart and circulate causing the blood to pool when you stand. This condition is called venous insufficiency and causes the veins in your legs to swell and become enlarged. The veins often have a bulging or ropey appearance and can protrude from the skin; however, not everyone will have obvious varicose veins. Some people will have symptoms, but the veins remain hidden under the skin surface.
Symptoms of venous insufficiency include:
- Heaviness, aching, and tiredness
- Swelling in the feet and ankles
- Itching, burning, throbbing
- Muscle cramps – Restless legs
- Changes in skin texture or appearance
Left untreated, venous insufficiency can lead to more serious conditions such as skin ulcerations, circulation issues, and even blood clots. In addition, the pain from varicose veins and venous insufficiency can make it difficult to walk, stand or sit for any period of time, which can make it very difficult to perform some required activities for your work or even simple daily activities or household tasks such as laundry or cooking.
Many people are self-conscious about showing their legs and think about having vein treatment when the weather begins to warm up and they begin thinking about wearing shorts and swimsuits, but the best time to seek treatment is now. This is because it takes time to complete the treatment
Dr. Thomas Wright, of the Laser Lipo and Vein Center, advises anyone experiencing symptoms, or discomfort to have a medical evaluation to determine if the veins are functioning properly. If venous insufficiency is diagnosed, treatment is a covered benefit by most health insurance providers after a medically supervised course of conservative therapy.
Dr. Wright advises that if treatment is recommended, varicose veins are easily treated with a procedure called endovenous ablation. This procedure is completed in the physician’s office with little to no downtime. Additional foam sclerotherapy treatment may also be recommended.
Dr. Wright is in-network with all major health insurance providers. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Laser Lipo and Vein Center at 636-397-4012.