Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and gnarled. Although any vein can technically become varicose, most often, those problem veins appear in your feet and legs. This is because when you are standing or walking, you put pressure on these veins more than in other parts of the body.
Are Vein Issues Painful?
In some cases, varicose veins are simply a cosmetic nuisance that doesn’t cause any pain. However, in other situations, they can be painful, causing cramping, swelling, burning and a throbbing sensation.
Varicose Vein Treatment
If you are experiencing the pain or embarrassment associated with problem veins, you likely want to know what you can do to prevent this issue from getting any worse. One such way to do this is to seek treatment from us at the Kimmel Institute, where we provide laser, vein and aesthetic care. The following are some of our most common treatment approaches for varicose and spider vein issues:
Vein Treatment by Kimmel Institute
- Ambulatory Microphlebectomy: This in-office treatment that removes large, visible veins is administered via local anesthesia. Ambulatory Microphlebectomy utilizes tiny cuts on the veins. The vein is then removed through the opening with surgical hooks.
- Laser Ablation: Through the use of local anesthesia, a tiny laser fiber is inserted into a vein after it is properly identified through the use of an ultrasound. Once inserted, the fiber is activated and then withdrawn. This closes the vein. The whole process is completed in less than an hour’s time and is virtually pain-free.
- Ultrasound Guided Chemical Ablation: This procedure is applicable for deeper veins that aren’t good candidates for laser treatment. It works by injecting an FDA approved chemical into the vein using ultrasound guidance. The vein is shut through the application of a bandage. The chemical effectively closes the vein.
- Sclerotherapy: This is by far the most commonly utilized treatment for varicose and spider veins. It works by injecting a solution into the vein that causes the walls of the vein to swell, making it stick together and remain shut. In a few weeks time, the vein will fade away. Some veins require more than one treatment.
Preventative Measures to Keep Problem Veins From Getting Worse
The treatments listed above that are performed by the Kimmel Institute are the best way to address the issue of problem veins. However, the following are additional tips for you to keep your vein problem from getting worse until you can seek treatment according to the Mayo Clinic:
- Avoid tight hosiery or high heels as they affect the blood flow into your veins.
- Elevate your legs on a regular basis, again to help with blood flow.
- Be sure to change your sitting or standing position regularly throughout your day.
- Keep your diet low in sodium and high in fiber to prevent excessive water retention.
- Keep your weight in check to ensure your body doesn’t have to compensate for weight it isn’t equipped to handle.
- Be sure to exercise on a regular basis to ensure your blood flow is healthy.
Your Next Step
Call us at Kimmel Institute today to schedule your consultation. We are happy to help you deal with your problem vein issue. There is no reason to suffer any longer.