Common causes include heredity, multiple pregnancies, and occupations that require prolonged standing. Excess abdominal pressure combined with gravity overwhelms the thin-walled veins in the legs as they try to transport the blood from the feet up to the chest. Over time, the veins near the skin surface, especially the large Saphenous vein and its branches located in the inner thigh and calf, become dilated, leading to the development of both tortuous varicose veins and smaller spider veins which become quite visible through the skin. The constant pressure of the blood in these dilated veins can cause worsening leg pain and swelling, blood clots (phlebitis), and ultimately skin thickening and discoloration leading to open sores (venous stasis ulcers).
Several physicians in PVA have dedicated their interests in the treatment of venous disease by establishing two free-standing vein treatment centers known as the Veintec Varicose Vein Clinics. These two clinics provide care to patients suffering from all varieties of venous insufficiency in a more comfortable outpatient office setting. Using modern minimally invasive techniques such as Laser-assisted Saphenous ablation (LASE), radio-frequency Saphenous ablation (Closure), mini-phlebectomy and sclerotherapy, the Veintec surgeons are able to remove abnormal veins of all types relatively painlessly with only local anesthesia and little to no recovery time or absence from work. Patients treated at Veintec can enjoy relief of symptoms and prevent future complications from the more severe varicose veins, and also the pleasing cosmetic results from removal of smaller unsightly spider veins as well, all without the risks of hospitalization, invasive surgery and prolonged disability historically associated with venous treatment of the past.