Varicose veins are surface veins that have become enlarged, swollen, twisted, and/or bulging due to vein disease. They can be red, blue or flesh-toned in color and most often appear on the thighs, back of the calves, and the inside of the leg. They can also appear on the hands and some women may experience varicose veins in the vaginal and buttocks area.
To learn more about the varicose vein treatments that we offer, call today to schedule your consultation with our vein specialists in Houston, Austin and San Antonio.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
When a vein wall becomes weak or damaged, the one-way valves that control the flow of blood back up towards the heart are not able to open and shut properly. The breakdown of this critical function causes the blood to flow backwards, which leads to pooling of backed-up blood. This accumulation then causes the veins to stretch and enlarge – in other words, the vein becomes varicose. This valve breakdown is a medical condition called Venous Reflux or Chronic Venous Insufficiency.
What are Symptoms of Varicose Veins?
However big or small, the presence of varicose veins is felt as much as they are seen. The feelings most associated with varicose veins can be quite unpleasant. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, make an appointment to come in for a screening and consultation with one of our vein experts to determine if you suffer from a form of Venous Reflux.
Common symptoms of vein disease include:
- “Jumpy” legs or restless legs (RLS)
What Factors can Contribute to Varicose Veins?
- Genetics are the primary reason people develop varicose veins
- Hormonal changes – female hormones released during ovulation and pregnancy and diminished hormones during menopause cause vein walls to relax
- Age — The knees aren’t the only things “to go” as we get older. Vein wall elasticity goes too.
- Weight – Excess pounds puts excess pressure on veins
- Standing or sitting for long periods
What are my Varicose Vein Treatment Options?
Long gone are the days of “vein stripping” as the means to a cure for varicose veins. Major advances in image-guided, diagnostic ultrasound and minimally invasive ablation technologies has led to the development of procedures such as radiofrequency ablation (RFA / VNUS Closure) offered in our Hamilton Vein Center clinics – where the vein is permanently closed using radiofrequency energy. Often times following RFA, patients may also require ambulatory phlebectomy or sclerotherapy.
What Do Varicose Veins Look Like?
Am I a Candidate for Varicose Vein Treatment?
A highly skilled ultrasound technologist will perform a detailed venous ultrasound in our office at your visit. This ultrasound determines if vein disease is present, and if so, the severity of the vein disease. From there, appropriate treatment options, including conservative and interventional measures will be discussed with you.
If you have varicose veins and are experiencing any pain in your legs or symptoms that might be associated with vein disease, call today to schedule your consultation with the vein specialists at Hamilton Vein Center. We are dedicated to our patients and the diagnosis and treatment of vein-related diseases with our multiple locations across Texas.