Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Large twisted blue or purplish veins visible at the skins surface are known as varicose veins. Any vein in your body can become varicose but it usually occurs in the legs and feet due to the pressure the lower body endures to keep your body upright. It is caused by the weakening of the valves and veins in your legs. Varicose veins are usually hereditary. We are also more prone to get varicose veins as we age. Symptoms include itching, burning, throbbing or cramping in the legs and around the veins. Self-care measures such as exercising, elevating your legs, and wearing compression stockings are used to ease the pain and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. If these measures dont work, see your doctor to discuss medical treatments that are available to close or remove varicose veins.

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    A Vascular Surgery, answered on behalf of
    Varicose veins are enlarged cord-like veins that produce a feeling of heaviness and fatigue in the legs. For some people, varicose veins also pose a cosmetic challenge.

    One new technique for treating varicose veins is radiofrequency ablation (RFA), or burning the vein from the inside and shutting the vein out. This is an outpatient treatment: the doctor will give you some medication to help you remain calm during the procedure, give you local anesthesia, and perform the procedure through a small needle hole in your vein. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes.
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    A Vascular & Interventional Radiology, answered on behalf of
    In the treatment of varicose veins, both vascular surgeons and dermatologists perform ablation. Usually, though, a vascular surgeon focuses on the deep veins, while a dermatologist focuses on the visible veins. That said, sometimes a vascular surgeon in a vein center may do a complete therapy.
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    If you have varicose (enlarged, bulging) veins, you should call your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms.
    • Your varicose veins cause pain, especially if you are walking or standing.
    • You develop sores that don't heal near the area of your varicose veins or on them. These might signal that you are experiencing poor fluid drainage from your skin and a lack of oxygen to the skin.
    • The vein becomes swollen, red, or feels warm when you touch the area.
    • The skin over your varicose vein begins to bleed.
    • Your varicose veins worsen, even if you are not standing or walking for long periods, or they do not improve when you wear compression hose.
    • You have a fever as well as a sudden increase in swelling, pain or redness in the area of your varicose veins.
    • You notice a "pulling" feeling in your calf of the leg that has varicose veins, as well as pain, warmth, redness and swelling. These could be symptoms of a blood clot deep in your leg, which could be life-threatening if it breaks off and travels to your lungs.
    • The skin on your calf and ankle has changed color and seems thicker.
    • Your feet or ankles swell.
    • Your varicose veins are interfering with normal daily activities, because they are causing physical symptoms, or because you are unhappy with their appearance.
    Depending on the location and size of your varicose veins, your doctor may be able to suggest lifestyle changes that could help you, and/or to treat your varicose veins with surgery (including possibly laser surgery) or chemical injections to collapse the veins (sclerotherapy).
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    Varicose veins occur when valves preventing backflow of blood returning to the heart become weakened (often because of pregnancy or weight gain), and blood pools in the veins of the legs, causing them to bulge. You can reduce some of the symptoms (like pain and swelling) by elevating your legs to promote blood drainage to the heart and avoiding standing for long periods of time. Wearing compression stockings while standing can stall their development. Various kinds of procedures can also address varicose veins -- either by removing them or by closing them off.

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    Limited research shows that homeopathy may reduce symptoms of varicose veins. More research is needed.

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    Cryo-sclerotherapy is a procedure where a physician injects the varicose vein with a solution that causes the vein to scar and close. Within a few weeks, the vein will fade, although sometimes it will require multiple injections.
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    A minimally invasive procedure to treat varicose veins, endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is an alternative to both traditional surgery and other treatments that require minimal access to the vein. EVLT uses heat from a laser beam to destroy the varicose vein wall and close the unhealthy vein. The physician uses an ultrasound to locate the vein and then guides a thin laser fiber through a tiny entry point, usually near the knee. Advantages include shorter recovery times compared to traditional vein surgeries, minimal scarring and a rapid return to normal activities. The procedure takes less than an hour to perform, and most patients experience immediate relief from their symptoms. Anesthesia is used.

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    Treatments for abnormal veins include endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), sclerotherapy and micro-incisional phlebectomy. These treatments range from minimally invasive options to surgical procedures involving anesthesia.

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    About 15% of U.S. adults have abnormal veins, such as varicose or spider veins. Heredity, age, standing occupations and weight gain, including that from pregnancy, are among risk factors associated with developing vein problems. Obesity, physical trauma to the legs and hormone therapy can further aggravate your veins.

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    A , Plastic Surgery, answered
    The results of the treatment of spider veins are not known for about a month after the sclerotherapy procedure. Some capillaries are successfully treated but contain blood that takes a month to be absorbed by the body. Others are successfully treated, but will be repaired by the body. In this case, "repair" is counterproductive: The body doesn't know the goal is to destroy the capillary. Its job is to fix it.

    At the end of the month, we assess the results. A typical treatment destroys between half and two-thirds of the capillaries. Depending on the patient's wishes, sometimes a second or even a third treatment is performed.

    Remember, spider veins are an ongoing process. The trouble started when women got up on their hind legs and stood. Higher pressure was placed on the leg veins and was increased by pregnancy and obesity. The treatment of spider veins is like weeding a garden. Every few years, we need to go back and clean up the new capillaries.