Varicose Veins Specialist

Obinna Nwobi, MD -  - Vascular Surgeon

Vein Health Clinics

Obinna Nwobi, MD

Vascular Surgeon located in Oviedo, Winter Haven, and Apopka, FL

Veins that become varicose, or enlarged and hardened, usually develop in your legs and feet. Varicose veins aren’t just unsightly markings that can make you feel self-conscious, they can also be painful. When you become a patient at Vein Health Clinics, you meet with leading vascular surgeon Obinna Nwobi, MD. With three convenient locations in Oviedo, Winter Haven, and Apopka, Florida, you can get started on your varicose vein treatment today.

Varicose Veins Q & A

by Obinna Nwobi, MD

What causes varicose veins?

Your veins have to work against gravity and send blood back up toward your heart. In some cases, that blood pools in the veins, causing damage.

The exact cause of varicose veins isn’t always apparent, although specific risk factors can increase your chances of developing them. Sometimes varicose veins stem from:

  • Older age
  • Family history
  • Being female
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity

You may also develop varicose veins if you sit or stand for long periods of time. For instance, if you work on your feet all day long for years, you’re more likely to develop varicose veins than someone who is up and down throughout the day.

Are varicose veins painful?

Discomfort from varicose veins feels different for everyone — you might not even have pain. Some men and women complain of a heavy feeling in their legs and feet, while others notice burning and throbbing. It’s also common to experience:

  • Severe pain after sitting or standing for an extended period
  • Itching or inflammation
  • Muscle cramping

Pain or discomfort is an issue when it keeps you from doing the things you enjoy or wakes you from sleep. In some cases, varicose veins can be a warning sign of a circulatory problem, which is why it’s always important to have them evaluated.

How are varicose veins treated?

Dr. Nwobi puts together a comprehensive treatment plan designed for your specific condition as well as the size and discomfort level of your varicose veins.

Your treatment could begin with wearing compression stockings to help blood move upwards and take pressure off your lower-leg veins. Dr. Nwobi teaches you exercises and lifting techniques that often minimize varicose vein issues.

If conservative treatments aren’t working for you, Dr. Nwobi may suggest a laser or radiofrequency treatment such as:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Microphlebectomy
  • Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy

If your weight is a concern, Dr. Nwobi and his caring team offer nutritional counseling to get you to a healthier weight. Over time, weight loss should help resolve some varicose vein discomfort.

Get treatment for your varicose veins today. Vein Health Clinics provides a convenient online booking system, or you can call the office.