Having seen varicose veins in your family members might make you feel as if it is normal. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. In actuality, the majority of varicose vein cases are hereditary, and leaving them untreated could lead to serious consequences, even death. And, it effects both men and women.How do you know if you have varicose veins?
In most cases, they are bulging at the surface of the skin (most often on the legs), dark blue or purple, and they are in the shape of a meandering river, possibly with larger pools. In addition, the man or woman is likely to have throbbing pain, cramping, itching, and a burning sensation in the affected area, especially during long periods of standing. Restless leg syndrome is also common.
Why do varicose veins need to be treated?
Varicose veins are a type of vein disease. It occurs when the veins, which carry blood from the extremities back to the heart, fail. The pressure is too strong for the valves that guide the flow of blood through the vein up to the heart. When the valves fail, the blood cannot continue its journey and expands, changing its shape and size. This causes the blood to remain stagnate in the extremities and could potentially cause leg ulcers, neuropathy, and poor healing in the extremities, especially after hip or knee surgery. In severe cases, varicose veins can cause heart problems, develop into deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and/or blot clots, known as pulmonary embolisms (PE), which can be fatal.
Will having my varicose veins treated prevent me from developing DVT or PE?
Each vein that is treated will not appear again. However, if you are at risk for DVT [add link to risks blog], you should have your veins checked regularly by a specialist to prevent progression of the vein disease. This is very important because many cases of DVT do not produce any symptoms whatsoever.
Where should I go to have my varicose veins treated?
It important for you to know that vein disease is widely misunderstood, even within the medical community. Fortunately, with Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month every March, that is slowly changing. If you were to ask your primary care physician about them, they may not be aware of the most current treatments, which provide virtually painless and permanent removal of varicose veins.
If you were to go to a board-certified vein specialist, such as Illinois Vein Specialists, an ultrasound machine would be used to diagnose and guide your treatment. In most cases, a substance can be injected to the varicose vein at the point at which it connects to the rest of the circulatory system, closing it off, and causing it to be absorbed by the body. As a result, healthy blood flow is restored to the area through other veins. Because varicose veins are considered a disease, treatment is covered by insurance by most health insurance policies.
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At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us. That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today. We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois.
We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.