Varicose Veins, the Real Pain of these Dysfunctional Veins
As summer months unfold, many suffering from varicose veins experience the added pain of these now hard to hide swollen and protruding veins. Skin baring clothes expose the often disfiguring disease and takes precedence over the potential harm they may also pose to an individual’s health.
Many become tempted to explore new varicose vein treatment, refusing to endure one more summer feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable.
While often motivated by the unattractive appearance, addressing varicose veins is important for optimal health as well. Left untreated, these veins have the potential to become inflamed, prompt the formation of leg ulcers and rupture.
Varicose veins are veins filled with an abnormal collection of blood as the result of improperly functioning valves. Unlike normal valves, these valves do not keep blood moving forward toward the heart but allows rather its accumulation in the vein - causing it to enlarge.
Leg veins are either superficial or deep.
Superficial veins are close to the skin and connected by communicator or perforator veins. Deep veins are surrounded by muscle and connective tissue.
Traveling from the superficial to the deep veins, blood is then pumped through larger veins back to the heart. Varicose veins create a circulatory system that is not working optimally.
While this condition can be the result of congenitally defective valves (known as primary varicose veins), it may also be the result of other non hereditary causes (known as secondary varicose veins) such as pregnancy, standing for long hours, obesity, straining or previous surgical trauma.
Varicose veins most often result in pain and discomfort - sometimes relieved with compression therapy, diet and lifestyle changes. Though, this poor circulation may also place a person at risk for blood clots and other circulatory complications.
Today new laser procedures make it easier than ever to address varicose veins and improve both circulation and appearance, without anesthesia, painful vain stripping or hospital stay.
Dr. Mark Skellenger performs the latest Endovenous Laser Ablation Therapy (ELT) to treat varicose veins and improve circulation without removing the vein. The minimally invasive, outpatient procedure corrects the improper blood flow in the vein.
This is information is provided as an educational resource for you. Please also see the other informative articles on this website. To learn more about the varicose vein procedures available or to schedule an appointment at the Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas, call 281-990-VEIN (8346).