Varicose veins: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment 

Persistent pain in your lower legs is something you should not ignore. There could be an underlying cause that needs medical attention. Varicose veins are a common problem faced by many that require prompt diagnosis and treatment since if left untreated it can lead to life-threatening complications. 

Tomball varicose veins treatment includes VenaSeal and ClosureFast for outstanding results with minimal discomfort.

Varicose veins- an overview

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged, and reddish-green veins present superficially on the skin of your lower legs since prolonged standing or sitting can exert excess pressure on your lower body. This usually occurs due to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) when there is a disturbance in the one-way valve system of the veins. This causes abnormal pooling of blood around the affected veins, leading to their enlargement. 

Causes of varicose veins

Varicose veins can occur due to the following reasons:

  • Hereditary if it runs in your family.
  • Being a women 
  • Being overweight
  • Prolonged standing or sitting 
  • Hormonal imbalance as seen during pregnancy
  • Smoking leads to vasoconstriction (narrowing of the veins)
  • Wearing restrictive clothes and high heels

Symptoms of varicose veins

The most classic signs and symptoms of varicose veins is the presence of bluish-purple or reddish-green veins, in your lower legs. Other symptoms include:

  • Prominent bulging veins near your inner thighs, behind the knees and ankles.
  • Heaviness in your legs due to increased blood pooling and pressure within them, especially after physical activity.
  • Itching due to stretching of the skin
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Your legs may be sore or achy, accompanied by muscle cramps.
  • Your legs, ankles, and feet may swell up due to the pooling of blood around the affected veins.
  • Skin changes begin as discoloration, and gradually progress to ulcers and sores if left untreated.

Treating varicose veins 

Treatment for varicose veins begins with conservative methods like lifestyle changes (healthy diet and weight loss), and compression stockings. However, surgical intervention is recommended when such methods fail, and if symptoms are severe. 

The following are the most popular surgical options:

VenaSeal Closure System

This procedure involves gluing the walls of the affected vein together to stop the blood flow and abnormal pooling.

ClosureFast system

This is a radiofrequency procedure that causes the affected vein to collapse to block it. The blood flows through another path, and the treated vein eventually shrinks and disappears. 

Bottom line 

Varicose veins affect a large number of people, however, there is nothing to be worried about. With early diagnosis, it can be treated successfully with the latest state-of-the-art treatments like VenaSeal, and the ClosureFast system. These provide optimal outcomes with minimal discomfort and complications. 

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