Varicose veins happen when the blood vessels become enlarged due to the backup and pooling of blood. Veins have the function of returning blood back to the heart so that, after going through the lungs, it can be resupplied with oxygen in order to begin its next trip through the body for delivery of the essential element.
In order to make sure the blood can only flow one way, the veins are equipped with valves that will close off if the blood tends to flow backwards. These check valves will help to keep other pressures from counteracting the pumping action of the heart. The biggest force that these valves help the blood to overcome is the force of gravity.
When these valves do not function properly, varicose veins can develop. The reason the condition is most common in the legs is because they are closer to the ground and farther from the heart. As a result, blood must be pumped against the natural gravitational pull in order to keep it flowing. If the valves allow blood to back up in the veins, the result is added pressure to the vessel walls. This causes the veins to become enlarged.
Varicose veins can resemble small pieces of twisted rope that have been placed under the surface of the skin. They can also become discolored, making them even more visible. For this reason, many people seek varicose vein treatment. People also seek treatment because of the pain, itching, burning and other symptoms that varicose veins can cause.
Phlebectomy is a treatment for varicose veins that is done by making small incisions in the skin and removing the veins through those incisions. They are so small that stitches are not required after the procedure. In spite of the small size of the incision, a relatively large vein can be removed. This is because veins are highly collapsible. After making the incision, our specialist can grab the vein with a specially designed hook and remove it from the body.
Phlebectomy procedures are usually done on an outpatient basis and do not require an overnight stay in a hospital. They have a low risk of complications. There are times when a phlebectomy may be done along with other types of treatments. Our team can best determine if you need the procedure by itself of if you would be better served by having it be a part of an overall treatment plan that includes other methods.
If you have varicose veins and are struggling over how, when and whether to have them treated, you should talk with our team at Peripheral Vascular Associates about your options for varicose vein treatment. We have locations in San Antonio, Boerne, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Floresville, Hondo, Jourdanton, New Braunfels and Uvalde. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.