Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that lie just under the skin and usually occur in the legs. Commonly caused by weak or damaged vein walls and valves, varicose veins may form whenever blood pressure increases and pools inside your veins.
Common symptoms include tired legs, heavy legs, achy legs, swelling, throbbing, burning and itching, restless legs and waking up with leg cramps at night. If left untreated, more serious issues often arise such as skin changes and ulcers. Patients are frequently surprised to learn they have hidden vein disease with venous reflux and symptoms even though they do not have visible varicosities.
As we mature, our veins become weaker and more susceptible to venous disease.
Genetics are the number one factor in developing venous disease.
Excess weight on veins results in pressure than can cause venous disease.
Women tend to develop venous disease more than men due to progesterone.
Prolonged periods of sitting or standing tend to lead to venous disease. An active lifestyle with moderate exercise helps prevent it.
Venous insufficiency can occur when the uterus applies pressure to the large vein (the inferior vena cava) that carries blood back to the heart from your feet and legs.
Like most patients, your satisfaction comes with the relief of varicose vein symptoms and the improvement in the way your legs look and feel. How quickly you see results depends on the severity of your disease. Most patients report dramatic relief of symptoms almost immediately and improved appearance of their legs in the weeks that follow.
You will notice that many things set Vitality Vein Care apart, most of all the way we treat people. For each treatment option, Drs. Hart, Rizzo and Roberts will thoroughly review what to expect after the procedure. Often, your customized plan starts with treating the refluxing saphenous varicose veins. Then, in as little as 4-6 weeks, you can begin cosmetic sclerotherapy and phlebectomy treatments as needed.
You will receive detailed post op instructions specific to your condition and procedure. At VVC, we focus on office-based procedures that have minimal downtime so you can quickly resume normal daily activities with improved vitality in your legs. Most patients will return to normal activity in 24-48 hours after their procedure while refraining from rigorous activity for 7-10 days. Compression stockings are generally required for lasting results.
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