Various Treatments Offer Varicose Vein Relief

Patients with varicose veins have multiple surgical and non-surgical options

1881853307DAYTON, Ohio (July 18, 2019) – Varicose veins can be unsightly and uncomfortable, but may be improved through lifestyle changes and minimally invasive procedures.

Veins have one-way valves that help keep blood flowing toward the heart. If these valves become weakened or damaged, blood can begin to back up and pool, causing the veins to swell which causes varicose veins, according to the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute. 

This common condition is characterized by swollen and twisted veins that are visible beneath the skin and typically occur in the legs, though they can occur elsewhere in the body.

“There is a spectrum of varicose veins,” said Laura Peterson, MD, vascular surgeon at Premier Vascular Surgeons.  “First, there are the small veins that everybody classically refers to as spider veins that usually just affect the way your leg looks, and then there are the ropey, large varicose veins, as well as something in between, which we call a reticular vein.”

Dr. Peterson points out that varicose veins become more common as we age. However, they can also occur during our younger years, as genetics can play a significant role in determining their occurrence. Apart from genetic factors, physical changes that take place during pregnancy can place women at a higher risk for developing varicose veins, and weight gain can also be become a contributor. No matter the cause, Dr. Peterson advises that treatment options are available for patients seeking relief for their varicose veins.

“There are multiple ways we can treat varicose veins,” said Dr. Peterson, who practices with Premier Physician Network. “If a patient is simply looking for symptom control, compression hose therapy is a helpful alternative that can be purchased over-the-counter. There are also office-based procedures that utilize injections to take care of some of the more minor cosmetic issues. Outpatient surgery is an additional option that actually removes the vein through a minimally invasive technique or traditional open surgery.”

Since varicose veins do not put a person at risk for other physical problems, it is up to each person to seek surgical treatment as they see fit. However, Dr. Peterson encourages patients to consider surgery if their veins become a source of discomfort.

“I really recommend you ask your primary care provider about being referred to a vein specialist if you're having discomfort or swelling in your leg,” said Dr. Peterson. “If you also just don't like how things look, or feel like things could be a little bit better, that's certainly a reason to seek help and treatment. Ignoring it isn't going to make it go away.”

Factors such as genetics, age and pregnancy may inevitably cause varicose veins in many, but steps can be taken to prevent one’s risk of getting them in the first place. Maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle, for example, may help lower a person’s risk for developing the condition.

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