A varicose vein is an enlarged vein that often appears to be bulging. Varicose veins are situated close to the skin’s surface so they tend to be quite noticeable, which can result in cosmetic concerns. Additionally, varicose veins can cause pain, discomfort, and swelling for some individuals and potentially lead to more serious issues if left untreated. Dr. Michael Kassouf, the board-certified vascular surgeon at Vein Medic in Elmhurst, Queens and Brooklyn, NY, treats varicose veins.
Cause of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are caused by blood pooling up in the veins, which then become enlarged and look like they’re bulging. This can occur when blood flow is inhibited due to the valves inside the veins becoming damaged or weak. Varicose veins can develop almost anywhere, but are most common in the legs. The reason for this is that the veins in the legs are more likely to sustain damage to the valves due to the increased pressure of walking, standing, and moving around regularly.
Varicose Vein Treatments
Many individuals with varicose veins never experience any problems, but some develop pain, discomfort, mild swelling, or cramping. These symptoms are sometimes an indication of a more serious condition, such as Chronic Venous insufficiency (CVI). CVI is associated with circulatory problems in the legs, which can lead to additional issues beyond the development of varicose veins and their symptoms.
Several methods are available for treating varicose veins at our offices in Elmhurst, Queens and Brooklyn, NY,. Treatments can reduce the appearance of veins so they are less noticeable, as well as alleviate pain, discomfort, and other symptoms. Some treatment methods also help improve blood circulation.
Non-surgical treatment options include wearing compression stockings, exercising regularly, and stretching or raising the legs periodically when laying down or sitting for extended periods. Minor procedures for treating varicose veins include:
- Sclerotherapy — A special solution is injected into large varicose veins, causing them to collapse and shrink. The veins are reabsorbed by the body and disappear over time.
- Microphlebectomy — Short segments of varicose veins are removed through tiny micro incisions in the skin so there is minimal scarring.
- Radiofrequency Vein Closure — After inserting a catheter into the varicose vein, the catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein. This causes the vein to shrink and close up so blood can no longer pass through. The body eventually reabsorbs the closed vein.
Whether you simply dislike the appearance of your varicose veins or they are causing discomfort, there are treatments that can help. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kassouf to learn more about the options for treating your varicose veins by calling Vein Medic in Elmhurst, Queens and Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 238-0131.