The sight of blue or purple swollen veins appearing on your legs is unpleasant, and they could be more than just a cosmetic concern. If you have varicose veins, Allison Burkett, MD, FACS, of Middle Georgia Vascular Surgery Center & Vein Solutions in Warner Robins, Georgia, can help.
Dr. Burkett uses advanced techniques like Varithena™ foam sclerotherapy, the VenaSeal™ Closure System, and the ClosureFast™ Procedure to treat varicose veins.
Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins near the surface of your skin. They're most likely to affect your legs and ankles but can develop in other places — for instance, pelvic congestion syndrome results from varicose veins in your pelvis.
Veins in your legs may be superficial or deep. Superficial veins are relatively close to the surface of your skin, within half an inch or so. Deep veins are further down in the muscular parts of your legs. Varicose veins are a problem that affects the superficial veins.
You might not have any symptoms, especially when you first get varicose veins. However, as they get worse, you could experience problems such as:
Without treatment, varicose veins may lead to the development of chronic wounds called venous ulcers.
To help prevent your blood from flowing in the wrong direction, most veins in your legs have small flaps of tissue on their internal surfaces. These flaps function as one-way valves that allow blood to flow toward your heart but stop it from going back to your feet.
When the valves aren't functioning properly, blood can flow in the wrong direction, resulting in chronic venous insufficiency. The pressure within your veins increases in the lower parts of your legs and causes them to swell with blood.
Blood clots and scar tissue can also obstruct the blood vessels and lead to varicose veins developing, but this is less common than valve dysfunction.
Anyone can have varicose veins, but they're more common among women. Advancing age also increases your risk, as does spending a lot of time on your feet, being overweight or obese, and not getting adequate exercise.
The treatments Dr. Burkett uses for varicose veins include:
VenaSeal™ is a special type of adhesive that glues the vein walls together.
ClosureFast™ seals the veins by applying radiofrequency energy to make the walls collapse.
Sclerotherapy uses substances like Varithena foam to close off varicose veins.
All these varicose vein treatments are minimally invasive procedures that Dr. Burkett performs in the office. They cause minimal if any discomfort and require little downtime. Following treatment, the varicose veins break down, and your body absorbs the remains.
For prompt evaluation and treatment of your troublesome varicose veins, call Middle Georgia Vascular Surgery Center & Vein Solutions today or book an appointment online.