If you’re deciding whether to seek treatment to get rid of varicose veins, read our blog post for 5 reasons you should get treated.
Most people first notice they have varicose veins because of bulging veins that most often occur in the legs and feet. But aside from treating the noticeable symptoms of varicose veins, you may not know other benefits of varicose vein treatment.
1. To treat the root cause of vein disease
Before starting any vein treatment, Dr. Fox and Dr. Hardee will always perform a comprehensive ultrasound evaluation. This allows them to diagnose underlying chronic venous insufficiency, which is the improper functioning of valves in the vein. It also means that all of the diseased veins can be treated. The perforator (connector) diseased veins are just as important to treat as the varicose veins near the surface of the skin.
2. To improve symptoms that are impacting your daily life
Varicose veins can cause persistent and annoying symptoms that can impact your quality of life and signal that vein treatment is necessary. Symptoms of varicose veins can include tiredness, heaviness, achiness, pain, cramps, burning, stinging, itchiness, or a feeling of restlessness in your legs. More serious symptoms, including spontaneous bleeding from veins or recurrent skin infections, should be treated immediately. After varicose vein treatment, underlying symptoms will improve quickly over time.
3. To get rid of the look of varicose veins
Swollen, bulging, and rope-like veins are the most visible sign of venous insufficiency that can be resolved with our treatments. Dr. Fox or Dr. Hardee will remove the bulging veins through tiny incisions or inject medication to close the varicose vein so that it shrinks over time and is no longer noticeable.
4. To find out how to prevent future varicose veins
The primary cause of varicose veins are things outside of your control such as family history, age, gender, and family history. However, our doctors can provide advice to prevent vein disease from getting worse. Healthy behaviors that can help prevent new varicose veins from forming include:
- Exercising regularly
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Avoiding clothes and shoes that reduce circulation
- Quitting smoking
- Wearing compression stockings.
Our specialists at Texas Endovascular will provide recommendations for making lifestyle changes that can help minimize the occurrence of varicose veins.
5. To know if this could be a sign of other health conditions
Studies have shown that having varicose veins can be a sign of increased risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a serious blood clot that is usually in the leg, as well as pulmonary embolism (PE), which is a blood clot that travels to the lungs. Having varicose veins is also linked to peripheral artery disease (PAD), a circulatory issue that results in reduced blood flow to the limbs.