Varicose veins can affect people in different ways. Sometimes, the main concern is that of appearance. At other times, symptoms may develop that make it difficult to live a normal life comfortably. Whether or not they need treatment depends largely on the impact they have. However, it is important to treat the underlying causes of the varicose veins regardless of whether or not the veins themselves are treated. If the development of varicose veins is related to something like high blood pressure or hormonal changes, the condition should be treated. Otherwise, more serious health problems could develop.
Varicose veins often develop when veins in the legs become enlarged due to pooling of the blood within them. The pooling happens when the valves inside the veins fail to function as they should. The purpose of the valves is to close off if the blood tries to flow the wrong way. The normal flow of blood in the leg veins is against the flow of gravity. When the valves are not functioning properly, gravity can take over and make the blood flow backwards in the veins. This causes the blood to pool as the pull of gravity works against the normal pumping action. The increased pressure against the vessel walls causes them to enlarge and become varicose.
If the varicose veins become painful or start to itch or burn, or if you are simply sick of their appearance, it may be time to seek professional treatment for the sake of the veins themselves as well as any underlying causes. A variety of treatment methods are available.
There are commonly used treatment methods by which varicose veins can be removed in ways that aren’t very invasive. The oldest of such methods is sclerotherapy. It is done by injecting a solution into the varicose veins that are to be removed. The solution causes irritation to the walls of the veins and they collapse. It also thickens the blood inside the vessels. The veins that have been destroyed by the procedure turn into scar tissue that begins to be absorbed by the body.
Laser-assisted treatments are also widely used for varicose vein removal. Modern technology allows for the varicose veins to be targeted by the laser without the surrounding tissue being disturbed. The heat from the laser safely destroys the vessel. These treatments can be done in the comfort of our office on an outpatient basis.
If you have varicose veins, you should have them evaluated by our team at Peripheral Vascular Associates in order to determine if there are any underlying causes that could be reason for concern. From there, we can advise you further about your treatment options. We have offices in San Antonio, Boerne, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Floresville, Hondo, Jourdanton, New Braunfels and Uvalde. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.