What Are Varicose Veins?
Whether you have a family history of varicose veins or are simply looking to learn more about treatment options, Georgia Surgicare’s Advanced Vein Center is here to help. Varicose veins are characterized by enlarged veins that are dark in color and are most commonly found in your legs. Varicose veins do not necessarily cause any pain for most people and for many this issue is a cosmetic concern. However, some people do find that varicose veins cause them pain and discomfort which could lead to more serious problems.
What Are The Risk Factors?
You may be at risk for developing varicose veins if you have a family history as this can be a hereditary condition. Your age, sex, and weight are also factors that may increase your risk of developing varicose veins. Women are more likely to develop the condition as well as those who are older and/or overweight. Our goal here at Georgia Surgicare is to provide patients access to the best vein and vascular care.
Will Varicose Veins Go Away On Their Own?
Varicose veins cannot be completely prevented and will usually not go away once you already have them. Seeking treatment is the best way to fix the appearance of varicose veins. Along with treatment, certain lifestyle changes can help to prevent varicose veins from returning which include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Elevating your legs daily
- Compression socks
- Staying active
- Monitor weight gain during pregnancy
What Are The Treatment Options?
Venefit: This procedure is an effective non-surgical treatment for varicose veins and helps to improve the appearance as well as reducing any pain and health risks associated with varicose veins. There are various benefits to this procedure. It is minimally invasive and causes less pain and bruising accompanied by an accelerated recovery time. During the procedure, your surgeon will use a special catheter that is inserted through a small incision below the knee. The veins are treated using heat which causes the vein to shrink and improves the appearance of varicose veins.
VenaCure EVLT: This procedure reduces the appearance of varicose veins to help you look and feel your best. The surgeon will use a local anesthetic and insert a thin laser fiber into a small entry point near the knee. Laser energy is used to reduce the appearance of enlarged veins. After the procedure, there may be minor soreness and bruising but most patients quickly return to normal activity with little to no pain.
Vein Stripping: This treatment helps to improve the skin’s appearance and helps to reduce the pain and health risks associated with varicose veins. During the procedure, the surgeon will make a small entry incision near the affected vein at the top and bottom and insert a thin wire to pull the vein out. The incisions will then be closed with stitches. Recovery time will vary for patients depending on the number of veins removed.
To determine which treatment is right for you, give us a call to set up a consultation and speak with one of our vein specialists.