Many women have varicose veins, and it seems to be a fact of life that you get varicose veins when you have reached a certain point in your life. This point may be when you have a job that makes you stand for hours on end, or when you’ve had children, or that you simply have reached the age when you veins have seemingly decided to give out. No matter when it happens, it’s always too soon. No one wants to deal with the pain and achy feeling they can cause, or with the having bulging and discolored veins on your legs. VenoCure, with offices in Dearborn and Brownstown, diagnoses and treats varicose veins. We diagnose and treat varicose veins as well as offering diagnostic tests for a number of other cardiac and vascular issues.
Underlying Cause of Varicose Veins
It’s important to understand the root cause of varicose veins so that you understand how your actions can help or make varicose veins worse. Arteries deliver blood from the heart to the limbs of our bodies. Veins return the blood to the heart where is it sent through the lungs to be oxygenated and then sent back out through the arteries. The veins have the difficult task of sending blood back up the legs to the heart, which means they have to work against gravity. When, in the course of time and when acted upon by other forces (we are looking at you, kids), pumping the blood back up becomes more difficult for the veins. The veins are a one-way street upward and have valves that keep the blood flowing upward. When these valves become worn out or are simply faulty, they can fail and blood pools in the veins as spots. The added volume stretches the vein out, and they can become knotted and enlarged. Hormonal changes, being overweight and heredity are some other underlying causes of varicose veins.
Common Symptoms of Varicose Veins
- Aching legs that feel tired quickly
- Legs that feel itchy or with burning sensations
- Veins that are dark colored and raised above the normal surface of your skin.
- Veins that appear twisted and bulging.
Diagnosis of Varicose Veins
- Medical professionals use several methods to diagnose varicose veins. A physical examination will first take place, and this is usually followed by an ultrasound to check the functionality of the valves and to check for blood clots. When the veins have been diagnosed as varicose, there are a number of treatments that are available to the patients of Venocure in Dearborn. We offer advice on conservative treatments that include compression stockings. We also offer sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation.
- The most common conservative treatment is compression stockings. These are like support pantyhose, only tighter so encourage the surface veins to stay small and for the body to utilize the more internal veins.
- Sclerotherapy involves having a special liquid injected into the troublesome vein. The liquid contains ingredients that cause the veins to collapse, and the body reroutes the blood to other veins.
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a way to, in effect, cauterize the vein closed using radio frequency energy.
If you are experiencing symptoms of varicose veins, come into Venocure in Dearborn or Brownstown for proper diagnoses and to discuss treatment. Call us today for an appointment.