Top 3 Reasons to Get your Spider Veins Treated by a Vein Specialist.
Spider veins are fairly common, found in roughly half the U.S. population. Generally, spider veins appear as small blue and red veins seen close to the surface of the skin in the legs and ankles. While spider veins are commonly treated by many types of physicians (e.g. dermatologists, plastic surgeons, etc), there are 3 important reasons why you should consider going to a board certified vein specialist over any other practice to treat your spider veins.
Lymphedema and its relationship to Varicose Vein Disease.
Vein disease and lymphatic disease often go hand in hand and are commonly seen by varicose vein specialists. The reason being that both diseases cause a similar symptom frequently found in patients that suffer from venous insufficiency - leg swelling.
Vein Disease vs Arterial Disease: How they relate to Varicose Veins.
Most often when patients come into Illinois Vein Specialists they have some form of chronic venous insufficiency as a result of underlying varicose veins. However, there are the rare occasions when patients will come and upon a full examination using an ultrasound we will discover that there are no actual varicosities in the legs. Patient’s will frequently ask once they have been informed of their diagnosis… “why do I have pain if I do not have varicose veins?” Although the answer to this question varies depending on the medical history of the patient and what activities they are involved in regularly, sometimes the resulting pain is from their arteries rather than their veins, although both can have similar symptoms and involve the circulatory system.
Veins and arteries make up the circulatory system of our body which is in charge of pumping blood around the body. Both veins and arteries are found in all shapes and sizes throughout the body, but arteries are responsible for pumping the blood from the heart to other parts of the body, where our veins are responsible for pumping the blood back to the heart. The difference being that arteries have the benefit of gravity allowing most of the blood to fall downward to the largest muscles, etc. Veins, however, have the challenge of pumping blood against gravity upward towards the heart. This is accomplished by the two layers of the veins that function in a manner that creates movement for the blood to flow. Some of our larger deeper veins, like the great saphenous vein, runs vertically inside our leg muscles. When we walk or exercise, our muscles contract squeezing the blood upwards through one-way valves.
Many doctors mistakenly believe that varicose veins and spider veins are simply a cosmetic issue. Not only does this misinformation lead a patient to ignore the more obvious signs of their vein disease, particularly when they are large, discolored, bulging and cause uncomfortable symptoms, but it also creates a perception that the "cosmetic" nature means insurance will not cover the removal or treatment of varicose and spider veins. Therefore, even the if the patient wanted to seek relief, they are left feeling burdened not only by their unsightly veins but the out of pocket expenses, and generally choose to wait until the pain becomes unbearable or just put it off all together.