WHAT ARE VARICOSE VEINS AND SPIDER VEINS?
Over 30 million people are undiagnosed with varicose veins. Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and appear twisted and bulging and are often raised above the skin. When veins become varicose, this means the valves that prevent blood from flowing backwards, or vein reflux, have become weak or damaged. This creates the pooling of blood in the legs, which can sometimes even be painful. Severe occurrences can lead to leg swelling, venous eczema, skin thickening, and ulceration.
Spider veins are a common, milder variation of varicose veins. They look smaller, often red or blue, appear on the surface of the skin, and resemble spider webs or tree branches. They are also caused by the backup of blood.
- Family history
- Long periods of sitting or standing
- Dark purple or blue colored veins
- Twisted or bulging veins
- Swelling or pain in legs
- Heaviness or fatigue in legs
- Skin ulcers
Should I be treated? Oftentimes, vein symptoms may be mistaken for aging, arthritis, joint pain, or muscle fatigue. If left untreated, the symptom of varicose veins can progress and worsen over time or cause other circulatory complications, such as ulcers or blood clots. You should consult a physician if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of varicose veins.What are the benefits of treatment?
- Relief of symptoms
- Prevention of complications
- Improved appearance
What are my options for minimally invasive treatments?At Horizon, we offer the very best methods and latest technology to treat vein problems. We help patients determine which treatment option is most appropriate for their specific medical needs. Options include:
Need more information on varicose veins? Visit the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Patient Resources section here.