By J. Douglas Overbeck, M.D.
While summer welcomes the opportunity to put on shorts and enjoy the great outdoors, many Americans cringe at the thought of showing their exposed legs. Why? Varicose veins – the purple-ish, often raised ridges that criss-cross up and down an effected leg or other part of the body. Varicose veins are a very common, and often unsightly and painful problem. Approximately 25 percent of women and 15 of men in the United States suffer from this condition. Women are especially prone to suffer from varicose veins because of pregnancy, and heredity has been shown to be a contributory factor.
How do varicose veins develop? To counteract the forces of gravity, veins have valves that prevent blood from flowing backwards as it is pumped back toward the heart. Over time, these valves can weaken, allowing the blood to pool inside the vein. This can cause the vein to distend, resulting in the “rope-like” appearance commonly associated with varicose veins. This condition can lead to a range of serious circulatory problems, including blood clots, leg ulcers and poor circulation. Many individuals exhibit symptoms of venous insufficiency to include swelling, throbbing, cramping and restless legs.
Until now, the only effective treatment for large varicose veins was vein stripping, a painful and invasive surgical procedure with a lengthy recovery period. Now patients have the option of a new non-surgical treatments that can be performed in the office in about an hour. Patients walk out of the office and resume normal activities in a day.
A growing numbers of patients are choosing to have their varicose veins treated with the non-surgical treatments for many reasons, including:
- Patients can be treated directly in the doctor’s office, not a hospital
- Patients return home immediately after the treatment
- The therapy is quick and long-lasting
- The treatment is cost-effective because there is no need for a hospital visit
According to medical research, these treatments re well tolerated by patients, produce good cosmetic results and relieve symptoms. There is a 95 percent success rate reported on numerous studies.
To learn more, check out the videos of the procedures and details about varicose vein treatment options.
Getting started with varicose vein treatment is easy. Simply contact your doctor or Tuscan Vein Center at (972) 253-2505 for an appointment to see if you are a candidate for this type of treatment. We offer appointments in Granbury, Las Colinas, and Stephenville. Don’t let the pain and embarrassment of varicose veins hold you back.