Engorged, twisted veins on your legs might start as a minor inconvenience, but they can develop into more serious issues like leg pain, ulcers, and pulmonary embolism. At Metroview Vascular & Surgical in Charlotte and Gastonia, North Carolina, vascular surgeon Augustine Eze, MD, FACS, provides conservative and invasive treatments for varicose veins to relieve symptoms and prevent complications. To find out more about the treatments available for varicose veins, call Metroview Vascular & Surgical, or book an appointment online today.
You might be familiar with varicose veins: They’re the large, swollen, and often tender veins that appear on your skin’s surface. They’re especially common on the legs and feet and are dark in color.
Unsightly as they may be, varicose veins don’t always call for treatment. If your varicose veins are incredibly uncomfortable, cause widespread pain in your legs, or if you simply don’t like the way they look, Dr. Eze can treat them for you. In very severe cases, varicose veins can rupture or cause ulcers on your legs.
The most severe possible complication associated with varicose veins is called pulmonary embolism. It happens when a blood clot trapped in a leg vein travels to your lungs and blocks blood flow to them. Pulmonary embolism is life-threatening and requires immediate treatment.
Varicose veins happen when the valves in your leg veins are weak or damaged and can no longer do their job. Your veins need a series of valves that open and close so they can work against gravity to push blood back up to your heart. If one or more valves become weak or damaged in some way, some of the blood falls backward instead of flowing up. It pools and expands the vein, causing it to become twisted and engorged.
Your chances of getting varicose veins are higher than average if you:
You can’t always predict or prevent varicose veins. Still, you can lower your chances of getting them and complications associated with them by exercising regularly, eating less salt in your diet, and keeping a stable, healthy weight.
In many cases, medical intervention isn’t necessary for varicose veins. You can ease your discomfort and prevent your varicose veins from worsening by losing weight, exercising more, and avoiding tight clothing. However, if you don’t like the way your veins look or if they cause bothersome symptoms, Dr. Eze might recommend one or more of these treatments:
Along with lifestyle changes, Dr. Eze might give you compression stockings that apply pressure to your legs and encourage your blood to flow upward through them.
During endovenous ablation, Dr. Eze uses the energy from a laser to seal off your varicose vein.
Sclerotherapy is a conventional treatment for vascular conditions. Dr. Eze injects a chemical into your veins, causing them to constrict, scar, and close. Then, your body absorbs the vein naturally.
Dr. Eze removes varicose veins near the surface of your skin with tiny punctures or incisions across the vein.
If you have varicose veins on your legs that affect your appearance or cause discomfort, call Metroview Vascular & Surgical or book your consultation online today.