People choose to undergo treatment for conditions related to their veins for several reasons. Sometimes it is for appearance only. At other times, it may be because the veins in question are causing some medical issues. Whatever the individual’s reason, there are two conditions that account for the vast majority of vascular-related treatments: varicose veins and spider veins.
Spider veins are like varicose veins except they are smaller, usually happening to vessels that are closer to the surface of the skin. Other than appearance, spider veins typically do not create any threats to a person’s health. The appearance issue, however, can have an impact on self-esteem. Consequently, this also impacts an individual’s quality of life. Spider veins commonly appear on the legs, face and chest.
Varicose veins are larger and predominantly happen to the veins in the legs. They often appear as cord-like bulges on the skin and can be red or blue. Like spider veins, many people seek vein surgery or other less invasive treatments because of their appearance. However, unlike spider veins, varicose veins can cause other health issues. They can become painful. They can also cause itching, burning and swelling of the legs. People in occupations that require a lot of standing are more likely to have these symptoms.
There are some things a person can do to alleviate some of the problems varicose veins can cause. If you are suffering from this condition, getting off your feet whenever possible can help. Propping your feet up can give you an even greater benefit, especially if you can get the feet higher than the heart. Doing so makes it easier for the body to return the blood to the heart and lungs since it will not be fighting against the forces of gravity.
Compression stockings are often used as an aid for returning blood to the heart while standing. They work by keeping pressure on the legs, and consequently the veins in the legs, in order to help squeeze the blood through the veins. Varicose veins are often caused because the valves in the veins that are there to keep the blood from flowing backwards are no longer functioning as they should. This allows gravity to take over and causes the blood to back up in the veins. This, in turn, puts added pressure on them and causes enlargement, leading to the development of varicose veins.
If you are suffering from varicose veins, there are reasons you might want to consider having vein surgery or another treatment to resolve the problem. One instance is when other measures have failed. You may have lost some weight because of the fact that obesity is often a contributing factor in varicose veins. You may have tried exercise, staying off your feet and using compression stockings, all to no avail. This is when you might want to have a serious conversation with our team about other options that are available.
At the South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg, our doctor may want to do some testing by methods such as ultrasound as well as reviewing your medical history in order to determine the best course of treatment. After doing so, our team can better develop a treatment plan that is best for you. Often times, vein surgery is not necessary and a less invasive treatment option like sclerotherapy or laser/radiofrequency treatment can do the trick. It all depends on your unique situation. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to learn more.