Are you ready to seek treatment for varicose veins?
Varicose veins can be unsightly and may cause discomfort or pain. In some cases, they can even lead to serious health problems. Learning more about your varicose veins can help you decide the best option for treatment.
Edgerton Hospital's general surgeon Dr. Pierre Charles, Jr. specializes in assisting patients with varicose veins and vascular issues. Dr. Charles is now scheduling VenaCure EVLT procedures for varicose veins, right here for your convenience. Look better and feel better without having to travel far for treatments. With VenaCure EVLT laser treatment, you'll experience minimal to no scarring and an immediate return to your normal routine. Plus, the procedure may even be covered by your insurance.
In addition, Dr. Charles is able to perform sclerotherapy treatments in his office in less than an hour - no hospitalization or lengthy recovery required.
For more information, call 608-561-6657.
Q. What are varicose veins?
A: They are enlarged veins that may be blue, red or flesh-colored and occur most often in the legs. They may appear twisted and bulging and may be raised above the surface of the skin.
Q. What causes them?
A: Varicose veins may be caused by weak, damaged, deformed or missing valves in the veins. Your leg muscles push blood back to the heart against gravity. Normally, valves in your veins keep your blood flowing forward to return it to your heart.
But, if the valves aren't working properly, blood can leak back into the veins and pool there. When backed-up blood makes the veins bigger, they can become varicose.
Q. How common are they?
A: Varicose veins affect half of people 50 years and older. They are more common among older people, people who are overweight or obese, those who sit or stand for long periods, and women.
Q. When should I see a health care provider about my veins?
A: You should seek treatment if:
- Varicose veins cause pain or aching.
- A vein is red, swollen, very tender or warm to the touch.
- You have sores or a rash on the leg or near the ankle.
- The skin on your calf and ankle becomes thick and changes color.
- A varicose vein begins to bleed.
- Your symptoms interfere with your daily activities.
- The appearance of the varicose veins distresses you.
Treatments for Varicose Veins
There are many options for treatment; Dr. Charles will help evaluate what is the best situation for you personally.
Self-care — Getting regular exercise that uses the legs; eating a low-salt, high-fiber diet; maintaining a healthy weight; and elevating your legs when resting may help ease pain and can help keep varicose veins from getting worse. Avoid tight clothing on your waist, groin or legs; crossing your legs when sitting; and standing or sitting for long periods.
Compression stockings — Over-the-counter or prescription-strength compression stockings squeeze your legs, helping blood move more efficiently. A proper fit is vital.
Sclerotherapy — A doctor injects a solution into the veins that scars and closes them. In a few weeks, the veins should fade away, but additional treatments may be required.
Laser treatment — Very strong bursts of light are sent through the skin to smaller veins, making them slowly fade and disappear.
Catheter-assisted procedures — A doctor threads a tiny tube called a catheter into a vein, then uses either radiofrequency or laser energy (heat) at the tip of the catheter to close off and seal the vein as the catheter is removed. This treatment is effective for large varicose veins.
Vein stripping — A large vein is surgically removed through small incisions; general anesthesia is often required. Ambulatory phlebectomy — This is another surgical procedure that involves removing veins through small incisions, but only the parts of the leg that will be pricked are numbed with anesthesia.
Don't let painful and unsightly varicose veins get in the way of living your life. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Charles, call 608-561-6657.