If you’re dealing with varicose veins, you’re not alone. Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that typically appear in the legs and feet. They result from a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency, where the valves in the veins do not function correctly. In a healthy circulatory system, blood flows efficiently from the legs back to the heart. However, when the valves in the veins become damaged or weakened, they allow blood to flow backward and pool in the veins. This increased pressure in the veins causes them to become swollen and bulge, leading to the development of varicose veins.
Varicose veins may be a sign of underlying health issues and can lead to various complications if left untreated. In this article, we explore the link between varicose veins and other health conditions, shedding light on the importance of seeking minimally invasive vein treatment, and how Long Island Vein Center can help.
Varicose Veins & Other Health Conditions
Increased Risk of Blood Clots
One significant concern associated with varicose veins is an increased risk of blood clots, specifically deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins, usually in the legs. Varicose veins can contribute to DVT because the stagnant blood in the swollen veins is more likely to clot. If a blood clot in a varicose vein breaks free and travels to the lungs, it can result in a life-threatening condition called a pulmonary embolism. Therefore, individuals with varicose veins should be vigilant about monitoring their leg health and seeking treatment when necessary.
Skin Changes and Ulcers
Untreated varicose veins can cause skin changes in the affected area. These changes may include darkening of the skin, inflammation, and the development of ulcers, known as venous ulcers. Venous ulcers are open sores that can be painful and challenging to heal. Venous insufficiency leads to weakened blood flow to the legs, so the existing wounds can’t heal properly, leading to non-healing wounds. They typically form around the ankles and lower legs. Vein treatment can help prevent the progression and reduce the risk of venous ulcers.
High Blood Pressure
Although varicose veins are not a direct cause of high blood pressure (hypertension), they can be associated with it. The increased pressure in the veins due to varicose veins may affect the surrounding blood vessels and contribute to elevated blood pressure. Managing varicose veins through treatment can help alleviate this added pressure and potentially have a positive impact on blood pressure levels.
Pain and Discomfort
Varicose veins can cause discomfort and pain in the legs. The pain may be throbbing, aching, or a feeling of heaviness. Over time, these symptoms can negatively affect a person’s quality of life, making it challenging to engage in daily activities. Seeking treatment for varicose veins can alleviate these symptoms and improve overall well-being.
Impact on Mobility
Severe varicose veins can limit a person’s mobility and ability to move freely. Pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins may lead to a sedentary lifestyle, which can have detrimental effects on cardiovascular health and overall fitness. By addressing varicose veins through treatment, individuals can regain their mobility and lead a more active life.
Minimally Invasive Vein Treatment Options
At Long Island Vein Center, we specialize in minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments. Our board-certified vein doctors diagnose the root cause of your vein issues using advanced techniques such as duplex ultrasound. Once we have a clear understanding of your condition, we curate a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Our goal is to provide effective and long-lasting relief from varicose veins and their associated health risks.
Minimally Invasive Vein Treatment We Offer:
- Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy is a widely used and highly effective treatment for both spider veins and small to medium-sized varicose veins. A specialized solution, known as a sclerosing agent, is injected directly into the affected veins using a fine needle. This solution irritates the vein’s inner lining, causing it to collapse and eventually be absorbed by the body.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA): Endovenous Laser Ablation, often referred to as EVLA, is a minimally invasive procedure designed to treat larger varicose veins that are located deeper beneath the skin’s surface. During EVLA, a thin laser fiber is inserted directly into the affected vein through a small incision. Laser energy is then applied to heat and seal the vein shut, diverting blood flow to healthier veins.
- Radiofrequency Ablation: Radiofrequency Ablation, or RFA, is another minimally invasive treatment option for varicose veins. This technique involves the use of radiofrequency energy to heat and seal off the damaged vein. A specialized catheter is inserted into the vein, and controlled heat is applied to close the vein’s walls.
- VenaSeal: VenaSeal is an advanced and innovative treatment option that uses a medical adhesive to seal varicose veins. A small amount of medical glue is delivered directly into the diseased vein through a catheter, sealing it shut. Over time, the body naturally absorbs the sealed vein. It eliminates the need for thermal energy, and patients can typically return to their regular activities immediately after treatment.
- ClariVein: The ClariVein procedure combines mechanical and chemical methods to effectively treat varicose veins. A rotating catheter is inserted into the vein, simultaneously mechanically disrupting the vein walls and delivering a sclerosing agent to induce closure. ClariVein is a versatile and effective treatment option for large varicose veins.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy: Ambulatory phlebectomy is a technique used to remove small sections of varicose veins through tiny incisions in the skin. This procedure is typically performed in conjunction with other minimally invasive treatments to enhance blood flow and improve the cosmetic appearance of the legs.
Minimally Invasive Treatments Offer Several Advantages:
- Faster Recovery Times: Minimally invasive vein treatments typically involve shorter recovery periods compared to traditional surgical options. Patients can often resume their normal activities within a short timeframe, reducing disruptions to their daily lives.
- Minimal Discomfort: These procedures are generally well-tolerated and cause minimal discomfort. Local anesthesia is usually sufficient to numb the treatment area, and patients experience less pain during and after the procedure.
- Excellent Cosmetic Results: Minimally invasive treatments are highly effective in improving the cosmetic appearance of the legs. They can eliminate or significantly reduce the visibility of varicose veins and spider veins, enhancing the overall aesthetics of the legs.
- Outpatient Procedures: Most minimally invasive treatments are performed on an outpatient basis, eliminating the need for hospitalization. Patients can receive treatment in a comfortable clinic setting and return home the same day.
- Lower Risk of Complications: The minimally invasive nature of these procedures reduces the risk of complications often associated with traditional surgical interventions. There is a lower risk of infection, scarring, and adverse reactions.
- Effective Symptom Relief: Minimally invasive treatments provide effective relief from the symptoms associated with varicose veins, including pain, swelling, and discomfort.
- Customized Treatment Plans: Minimally invasive treatments allow for personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique vein condition. Vein specialists can choose the most appropriate procedure based on the individual’s specific needs.
- Reduced Scarring: Minimally invasive procedures involve smaller incisions, resulting in minimal scarring or no visible scarring at all. Patients can enjoy improved leg appearance without conspicuous surgical scars.
Visit Long Island Vein Center
If you’re experiencing symptoms of varicose veins or have noticed their appearance, don’t delay seeking medical attention. Early intervention can help prevent the progression of varicose veins and reduce the risk of associated health complications. Our board-certified vein doctors are dedicated to providing the most advanced and effective treatments to improve your vascular health and overall well-being. Long Island Vein Center has several conveniently located clinics to serve patients across Long Island. Here are our clinic locations:
- South Shore: Our South Shore clinic is situated at 500 Montauk Highway, Suite G, West Islip. It’s conveniently located near the border of Suffolk County and Nassau County, just a 5-minute drive from the Southern State Parkway.
- North Shore: Our North Shore clinic is located at 350 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 1A, Jericho. It’s easily accessible from the Long Island Expressway and the Northern State Parkway.
- The Hamptons: In partnership with MDCS Dermatology, our Hamptons clinic is at 225 W Montauk Highway, Suite 3, Hampton Bays. We’re a short drive away from most of the neighboring towns in the Hamptons, and ample parking is available.
- Port Jefferson Area: Our clinic in the Port Jefferson area is situated at 70 North Country Road, Suite 201, Port Jefferson, across the street from Mather Hospital.
Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic concern; they can have a significant impact on your health and quality of life. At Long Island Vein Center, we specialize in minimally invasive vein treatments led by board-certified vein doctors. Our multiple clinic locations across Long Island make it convenient for you to access our expert care. Don’t let varicose veins compromise your health and well-being—schedule a consultation with us today and take the first step toward healthier veins and a better life. Your vascular health is our priority.