What causes varicose veins?
Varicose veins are caused by defective or damaged valves inside the veins. Valves prevent backward flow of blood within the vein, so when they fail or leak, blood flows backwards. Due to gravity (for example standing up) the blood gathers in the vein and causes it to look enlarged and twisted.
Varicose veins often affect pregnant women and elderly people. Those that have occupations that require them to be stood up for a long period of time, such as nurses, are also more like
What are the symptoms?
- Veins that protrude or bulge from under the skin and feel ropey
- Legs that often ache and feel heavy and itchy
- Pain upon standing up or making a sudden move
- Brownish-yellow skin discoloration near the area that is affected
- Symptoms can intensify after a long day of standing on the feet or at night
What problems are associated with varicose veins?
- Pain, tenderness, inability to walk or stand for long hours, affecting work and lifestyle.
- Unappealing cosmetic appearance
- Painful skin ulcers especially near the ankle, usually referred to as venous ulcers
- Blood clotting within affected veins, known as thrombophlebitis
What are the treatment options for varicose veins?
Varicose veins can be treated using a variety of techniques. These include endovenous laser treatment (ELT) and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.
Treatment options depends on the severity of the varicose vein and the patients needs, so it’s essential to speak to a qualified expert before making a decision on treatment. Importantly, vein treatment is considered medically necessary and so is covered by most insurance plans. At South Bay Pain and Laser Group we’re the leading experts in the vein treatment field and are here to help guide you through every step – from treatment options, to insurance and post treatment follow up. To learn more about varicose veins and treatment options, book a FREE consultation with one of our doctors or start a live chat with one of our medical experts to get answers to all your questions and begin the journey to recovery.