Spider and Varicose veins are the visible evidence of circulatory problems known as venous insufficiency. Over 30% of people over 45 years old have it. That’s over 20 million Americans.
Paramus, NJ (PRWEB) June 20, 2014
Aging Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are beginning to discover veins in their legs they never knew they had. These Spider and Varicose veins are the visible evidence of circulatory problems known as venous insufficiency. Over 30% of people over 45 years old have it. That’s over 20 million Americans.
This explains why suddenly hundreds of doctors and spas are advertising vein treatments. But it doesn’t explain what’s happening and what you should do about it. As one of the few practices in New Jersey that works exclusively on vein problems, Dr. David Cohen of Cohen Vein Care is in the best position to explain.
What’s going on down there? The one way valves inside the surface veins of the leg have a tendency to fail. More-so for people who spend a lot of time on their feet, have a family history of varicose veins, or who have had prior pregnancies. What happens is, instead of the valves permitting the blood to only flow back up towards the heart, gravity is now able to pull it back down. So the blood flows the wrong way and pools in the lower leg.
Visible spider veins (small and very thin lines) and varicose veins (larger, bulging) may be unattractive and wardrobe limiting, but they’re not the only symptoms of venous insufficiency. They can be accompanied by fatigue, discomfort, pain, swelling, itching and restless leg as well as lower leg skin discoloration and open sores.
Rarely, these problems involve the deeper veins in the leg, which leads to serious problems that must be treated immediately by a specialist, often in the hospital. But usually the problem is due to problems limited to the superficial skin veins.
So, what do you do about them? You CAN do nothing about them and nothing may happen. But they never get better on their own. They only get worse. So for cosmetic and/or medical reasons, you should consult a vein specialist.
The state-of-the-art for diagnosing vein problems is the duplex ultrasound. Quick and painless, it allows the doctor to see inside the leg and accurately evaluate the condition. This test needs to be done in the standing position by a vein specialist. If you had an ultrasound lying down you know they didn’t test your valves!
Once diagnosed, the most conservative treatment is wearing compression stockings to relieve discomfort and improve circulation. It’s pretty much an all-day commitment and doesn’t actually eliminate the problem. Exercising and losing weight can often be helpful as well.
But today, the long-term treatment for spider and varicose veins is the elimination of the vein through ablation. These surface veins are not essential and when eliminated the area is served by other veins.
Unlike the old days of invasive vein surgery, today the vast majority of cases can be treated in an office with local or no anesthesia and little discomfort through laser or radiofrequency ablation (EVLA -- Endovenous Laser Ablation) or medicine injections (Sclerotherapy) into the veins. These techniques essentially destroy the vein, which is then absorbed into the body. Unlike the old vascular surgery, all these treatments allow you to walk out of the doctor’s office, hop into your car and drive back to work.
If the vein must be removed, it requires a treatment called ambulatory phlebectomy, which is performed in the office under local anesthesia through small needle punctures. There are no permanent scars like there used to be with vein surgery.
Vein treatment is an exciting field of ongoing medical innovation. Be sure to see a doctor who is experienced and proficient with the most effective, least disruptive and least costly techniques.
There are 20 million Americans with vein problems that can seriously affect the quality of their lives. That just shouldn’t be. As one of the few New Jersey medical practices committed exclusively to vein care, Cohen Vein Care is uniquely capable of alleviating those problems, whether they are medical or cosmetic. All treatments are non-surgical, usually covered by insurance, and delivered in an office setting. And we do it as it should be done – with compassion, excellence, affordability, convenience, and the personal touch. For more information about Cohen Vein Care and/or to schedule an appointment please visit their NJ Top Docs profile: http://www.njtopdocs.com/CohenVeinCare.
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