If you or someone you know has varicose veins, you may wonder if they need to be treated. Sure, they can be unattractive and annoying, but are there parts of them that are life-threatening? Other than not being aesthetically pleasing, are they dangerous?
The truth is that some varicose veins can put a person at risk for more serious health complications down the road. As such, it is always better to seek a professional opinion than to remain in suspense.
Varicose veins that are not causing symptoms may be left alone. However, many people still seek treatment because of the appearance issues they cause. They often bulge out from the skin in ways that resemble cords or small pieces of rope that twist and turn. They can cause discoloration as well, most often appearing blue as they become visible through the skin.
Varicose veins frequently produce pain and discomfort that can be alleviated with minor treatment. In these cases, having the veins treated can dramatically improve one’s quality of life. A number of treatment options are available, most of which can be done as outpatient procedures in the comfort of our office. In these situations, individuals can get back to normal life right away. Often, they can even drive themselves home after the procedure.
The treatment method that has been performed the longest to remove varicose veins is a procedure called sclerotherapy. This is done by injecting a solution into the vein which causes the blood to thicken and the walls of the vein to collapse. It then turns into scar tissue that is absorbed by the body. Sclerotherapy has been performed since the 1930s with good success. It is a fairly easy procedure for doctors to perform and poses little risk for complications.
In more recent years, other minimally-invasive frequency treatments have become widespread. They use heat to safely destroy the vein. Like sclerotherapy, these treatments can be done in our office as an outpatient procedure.
If you are experiencing pain, numbness or tingling from varicose veins, especially after standing for a long period of time, our doctor may prescribe compression stockings to help keep the blood flowing through the veins as it should. They normally squeeze the legs with graduated pressure to make sure the blood flows in the right direction.
If you are confused about whether or not to have your varicose veins treated, it is always best to be safe rather than sorry. Set up a consultation at The Vein Center so that we can explain all of your options and find the best solution for you. Our office is located in Mount Pleasant. Contact us today to book your appointment to learn more about the severity of your varicose veins and whether or not treatment is necessary.