Who Gets Varicose Veins?
Are you someone who works on your feet all day? Are you a teacher, a mail carrier, a hair stylist, a cook, or a nurse who spends the majority of your working hours standing? If so, chances are that you have varicose veins. Here at Boxbar Vascular, we treat varicose veins and can help improve your quality of life.
How Did I Get Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins occur when your veins become enlarged and overfilled with blood. Sometimes they are painful, and they are most often found in the lower leg region. The veins in your lower legs are the farthest from your heart and gravity makes the blood flowing upward much more difficult, so the blood begins to pool in the vein. Standing on your feet for long periods of time aggravates this condition. Pregnancies, menopause, and obesity also can lead to varicose veins. Varicose veins impact men and women the same, but women present varicose veins an average of ten years before their male counterparts. Varicose veins must be treated to get rid of them; they won’t go away by themselves.
Varicose Vein Treatment
Dr. Ellen Derrick will first perform a venous ultrasound to determine an exact diagnosis. Once she has your diagnosis, there are several treatment options she offers. The first is phlebectomy – a minimally invasive varicose vein surgery that uses a microhook to remove varicose veins on the leg surface. If you are a good candidate, this procedure is very successful. An additional treatment option is vein ablation, which which can be done either with heat or with surgical glue. Both are FDA approved procedures, in which there are minimal to no downtime. If you choose the surgical glue (VenaSeal), you can literally go to the gym after the procedure! Both are a safe way to get rid of varicose veins, and are relatively painless.