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Varicose Veins: Causes and Treatments

Posted on November 5, 2018 Posted by Westrol Vein Specialists
Woman holding leg because of varicose vein pain

No one likes having varicose veins. They are unsightly and for many cause embarrassment. While most of the time varicose veins are benign, they can quickly become painful and be a source of discomfort.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins can happen anywhere but are most likely to be found on your legs or feet, due to the pressure from walking or standing. According to Medical News Today, a vein becomes varicose when the valves in the vein stop pushing blood correctly. This blood builds up causing pressure that exerts on the walls of the veins causing them to bulge.

Causes

Many factors play into the development of varicose veins, but the leading causes are:

Age – as we get older our veins naturally lose the elasticity they once had, making it harder for them to retain their shape.

Pregnancy – when pregnant the extra blood volume and diversion of blood flow to the legs to your pelvic area can cause varicose veins. Pregnant women are also more prone to deep leg varicose veins.

Family history – if varicose veins run in your family; you are more likely to develop them.

Standing or sitting for long periods – sitting or standing for extended amounts of time could increase your risk of developing varicose veins. This is due to lack of circulation.

Obesity – extra weight puts added pressure on your veins.

It is worth noting that women are more prone to developing varicose veins than men.

Treatments

A good option is radio-frequency ablation. Under local anesthesia, a catheter, heated by radio-frequency is inserted into the vein. The heat seals the vein as the catheter is drawn back out.

Ambulatory phlebectomy is another easy outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia. The varicose vein is removed through a series of pokes in the skin.

There are other varicose vein treatment options that Westrol Vein Specialists offer for varicose vein removal like:

  • ClariVein®IC
  • VenaSeal™
  • Varithena®

While most varicose veins are harmless, they can be disfiguring, cause discomfort, and negatively affect your self-esteem. Fortunately, they are easy to treat, so there is no need to suffer from varicose veins. The staff at Westrol Vein Specialists are happy to help guide you in choosing the procedure that is right for you. Contact us to schedule a consultation and get back to loving your legs again.