Meet Dr. Kamran Saraf
Dr. Kamran Saraf is widely considered the best vein specialist in Lindenhurst, LI. You don’t have to take our word for it — he has unanimous 5-star ratings and reviews from all of his patients. The only way a vein doctor can maintain unanimous 5-star ratings is to provide the highest standards of vein care and patient care and maintain a perfect track record. Dr. Saraf has also won numerous ‘Most Compassionate Doctor’ awards and the “Patient’s Choice Award.”
Besides being extremely friendly and compassionate, Dr. Saraf has an excellent educational background. He graduated with Honors from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Neurophysiology, following which he completed his master’s degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He acquired his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his General Surgery training at the Texas Medical Center.
Dr. Saraf is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Maryland Senatorial Scholarship and the University of Miami Academic Achievement Scholarship. He has also completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital and a fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. When he’s not treating patients at his vein treatment clinic, you can find him at lectures and television interviews, where he discusses the future of vein care.
Dr. Kamran Saraf is the leading vein doctor at our state-of-the-art vein treatment clinic at 481 W Montauk Highway, Lindenhurst, right on the border of Suffolk County and Nassau County. You can find the vein clinic a short 5-minute drive from the Southern State Parkway, which is right beside the Southward Ho Country Club. You may book an appointment at the vein treatment clinic online or call us at +1 631-212-1456.
Below, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about spider veins and varicose veins in Long Island.
What are spider veins and varicose veins?
Spider veins are dense clusters of blood vessels that appear just underneath the skin’s surface. They look like the thin legs of spiders or like spider webs spreading outwards from a central location. Varicose veins are large blood vessels that bulge out of the skin’s surface in a twisted, tangled, and knotted form. They may look like a mass of protruding ropes or tree branches. Spider veins and varicose veins can appear on any part of the body, but they’re most commonly found on the lower extremities, such as the buttocks, thighs, and calves.
What causes varicose veins?
Chronic venous insufficiency is the root cause of most vein problems, including spider veins and varicose veins. Venous insufficiency is a medical condition wherein the vein valves collapse. In healthier veins, the valves act as one-way doors ensuring smooth blood circulation to the heart against the force of gravity. When your vein valves collapse, blood flows backward to accumulate in the leg veins, eventually leading to excessive vascular dilation and the formation of spider veins and varicose veins. Other common symptoms of vein disease include leg heaviness, restless leg syndrome, frequent leg cramps, leg pain, and leg swelling.
Can varicose veins go away naturally?
No. Varicose veins can’t go away naturally, nor can they be treated with home remedies and topical creams. Most people assume that varicose veins are cosmetic problems or skin problems because they manifest on the outside of the skin. However, varicose veins are vascular problems caused by an underlying circulatory disorder. As such, superficial remedies with ointments won’t fix the diseased vein. The only way to make varicose veins go away is through minimally invasive procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, and venaseal.
How to prevent spider veins and varicose veins?
Spider veins and varicose veins are symptomatic of chronic venous insufficiency, which, in turn, occurs because of damaged vein valves. However, your vein valves may malfunction because of a wide range of reasons, such as aging, genetics, hormonal changes, obesity, or a sedentary lifestyle and occupation. Because spider veins and varicose veins can occur due to numerous underlying factors, there are no definitive means of preventing them completely.
However, you can implement some lifestyle changes to minimize your risk of spider veins and varicose veins. The following are some lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of vein disease:
- Wear compression stockings for most of the day, especially while sitting for extended periods
- Engage in cardiovascular exercises for your calf muscles — yoga, swimming, cycling
- Stand up and walk around for a few minutes after every 30 minutes if you have a desk job
- Elevate your legs above your heart’s level while sitting down
Can exercise improve varicose veins?
Cardiovascular exercises improve blood circulation. And activities that work your calf muscles, such as swimming, cycling, and running, push the accumulated blood in your leg veins towards the heart. As such, cardiovascular exercises can indeed improve the symptoms of varicose veins, reducing leg heaviness, restless legs, etc. However, the relief from exercise is mild and temporary. When you stop exercising, blood will continue accumulating in your leg veins. The only way to treat varicose veins is through minimally invasive procedures.
When should I consult vein specialists?
You should consult vein specialists in Lindenhurst if you have the signs and symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, such as leg heaviness, restless leg syndrome, frequent leg cramps, leg swelling, leg pain, and skin discoloration — especially if the symptoms worsen at the end of the day or after long periods of sitting or standing still. You should also contact vein doctors if you notice spider veins, varicose veins, or leg ulcers — clear signs of vein disease.