Understanding Your Treatment Options for Banishing Varicose Veins

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Varicose veins can turn your legs into an ugly map of raised, squiggly blue lines that you probably will try to hide under clothing. They can also be quite painful, causing swelling and discomfort. Luckily, there are treatment options that can take care of varicose veins and make you and your legs look and feel better. 

What are varicose veins?

Your heart constantly pumps blood around your body to provide oxygen and nutrients to all the cells. A network of tubes called arteries directs the blood where it needs to go, and a corresponding network of veins returns deoxygenated blood to the heart. Sometimes the veins or arteries don’t work vascular correctly, and the blood isn’t able to flow through them well, which is called vascular disease.

Varicose veins are a form of vascular disease. Damage to the valves within the veins, which normally allow blood flow in only one direction, causes the blood to pool. This can cause painful symptoms, make your legs look unattractive, and cause you distress. Though varicose veins usually aren’t dangerous, they can lead to more serious problems if untreated. 

At Frontier Medical Care in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Farouk Marzouk is a highly skilled vascular surgeon with many years of experience treating varicose veins. He provides you with top-notch vein care, giving you relief from your discomfort and restoring your legs to a more normal appearance. 

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

The symptoms of varicose veins vary depending on how severe your condition is and where on your legs the veins appear. The typical symptoms are:

Varicose veins can also lead to complications such as discoloration of your skin, bleeding, and leg ulcers. Timely treatment can help prevent these complications from developing.

Treatment options for varicose veins

Although varicose veins can be quite distressing, there are a number of options that address your symptoms and decrease the veins’ appearance. 

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a varicose vein treatment that uses an injection of a special solution into the affected veins. This substance pushes out the blood and then causes the inner vein surface to become irritated, resulting in the vein being closed off completely. Blood flow is rerouted to healthy veins. Sclerotherapy is best used for smaller varicose veins.

Laser surgery

Laser surgery treatment uses the energy from a beam of light to reduce the size of varicose veins. This shrinkage causes the vein to develop scar tissue, which seals it off, preventing any additional blood from flowing through it.

Ablation

Ablation therapy for varicose veins uses heat to seal off the damaged veins. A laser fiber is inserted into the vein, and then the fiber is heated, causing the vein to collapse. The blood is directed to other veins for return to the heart.

VenaSeal™

The VenaSeal system treats varicose veins by inserting a special type of medical glue into the veins, sealing them so blood cannot flow through them. The veins will then shrink and wither away, relieving your symptoms and the veins’ ugly appearance. 

VNUS Closure®

The VNUS Closure treatment procedure begins by your provider inserting a tiny catheter into your varicose veins. Radiofrequency (RF) energy is then sent through the catheter into your veins. This causes the collagen in the veins to shrink and the veins to collapse.

You may have trouble figuring out which of these treatment options is right for you. After examining you and reviewing your medical history, Dr. Marzouk will recommend the procedure(s) that will work best for you and your situation. He may also recommend lifestyle changes that will help reduce the chances that you will develop additional varicose veins.

To set up an appointment at Frontier Medical Care, call our office and our friendly staff will assist you, or use our convenient online booking tool.