06.16.17 Dr. Garth Rosenberg Spider Veins

How the Pain of Varicose Veins is Treated to Restore Your Leg

Varicose veins are a common cause of leg pain, heaviness and fatigue, but may go unrecognized as both patients and physicians often discount the contribution of venous disease to these leg symptoms. It’s surprising how often treating these veins can improve the leg comfort and improve overall leg health.

Normal flow in veins carries blood up the leg against the constant push of gravity downward. Little one-way valves in the veins propel the blood upwards, but if these valves cease to function well, they cannot resist the force of gravity down the leg. Therefore, blood starts to pool in the lower leg, and just as inflating a balloon causes it to swell, increasing the pressure in varicose veins causes them to swell as well. This expansion of the veins leads to aching, tenderness, pain, and elevates the risk of blood clots (phlebitis).

You can ease some of the pain from your varicose veins by using support socks which help push the blood up the leg. However, once the support hose is removed, the backflow in the veins recurs and the symptoms become evident again.

The best option to resolve the veins issues is to undergo a simple office-based procedure to seal the non-working veins and allow restoration of normal circulation. VNUS Closure is the most time-tested and successful method to close the internal feeder vein that typically causes varicose veins. This procedure is done under local anesthesia and allow return to normal activity the same day. We can also delicately remove certain surface varicose veins in the office using pinpoint access sites that do not leave permanent scarring.

The key points to remember are that:

  • Varicose veins are a progressive problem and earlier intervention is best
  • Varicose veins treatment is an easy office-based procedure
  • Varicose vein treatments are generally well covered by your insurance plan
  • Be sure to seek a vascular surgeon well experienced in the treatment of venous disease
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