Varicose Veins Treatment Florida
Varicose veins are a common but usually painful and unsightly condition that can affect many people. They can be uncomfortable and sometimes lead to more serious health issues.
Fortunately, there are now several successful minimally invasive treatments available that can help reduce the appearance and discomfort of varicose veins.
Vein Health Clinic can assist with varicose vein treatment. Florida residents can gain relief from this uncomfortable condition by contacting us to schedule an appointment to discuss these options.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are a type of venous disease. Veins become enlarged and twisted and can be seen and felt under the skin. They are usually seen as dark blue or purple veins and are most common in the legs.
Varicose veins occur when the valves in the veins become weak and fail to close properly, allowing blood to flow backward and pool in the veins.
This causes increased pressure in the veins and makes them swell. Varicose veins can be painful and can lead to other complications such as skin ulcers, blood clots, and inflammation.
Cause of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are caused by a weakening of the valves in the veins, which allow blood to flow in the wrong direction and pool in the veins.
Other possible causes include:
- Heredity: Varicose veins can be inherited. If you have a family member with varicose veins, you may be more likely to develop them.
- Hormonal changes: Varicose veins can be aggravated by hormonal changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy or menopause.
- Pregnancy: Pregnancy can cause an increase in hormones, which can weaken the walls of the veins. This can cause the veins to swell and form varicose veins.
- Obesity: Excess weight can put extra pressure on veins and make them more likely to become varicose.
- Standing or sitting for long periods: Prolonged standing or sitting can put extra pressure on veins and make them more likely to become varicose.
- Aging: As we age, the walls of our veins can weaken and become less elastic, making them more likely to form varicose veins.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins in men and women can cause discomfort and a range of other problems, including:
- Heaviness and Aching in the Legs: This is a common symptom and can be caused by increased pressure in the veins. This pressure can cause the leg muscles to become fatigued, leading to aching and heaviness.
- Leg Pain: Varicose veins can cause leg pain due to increased pressure in the veins. This pressure can restrict the flow of blood, leading to pain in the legs.
- Swelling in the Legs: Varicose veins can cause swelling in the legs due to the increased pressure in the veins. This pressure can cause the veins to become enlarged, leading to swelling in the legs.
- Burning, Throbbing, and/or Itching in the Legs: This can be caused by increased pressure in the veins, which can lead to inflammation in the veins.
- Restlessness in the Legs: This is a common symptom of varicose veins and can be caused by increased pressure in the veins. This pressure can lead to a feeling of restlessness, as the legs may feel uncomfortable or tense.
- Discoloration of the Skin Around the Veins: Discoloration of the skin around the veins is a common symptom of varicose veins and can be caused by increased pressure in the veins. This pressure can cause the skin to become discolored, as the blood can’t circulate properly.
- Skin Changes Such as Thickening, Dryness, and Ulceration: Varicose veins can cause skin changes such as thickening, dryness, and ulceration due to the increased pressure in the veins. This pressure can cause the skin to become thick, and dry, and can even lead to open sores or ulcers.
- Bleeding from the Vein: Varicose veins can cause bleeding from the veins due to the increased pressure in the veins. This pressure can cause the veins to become fragile, leading to bleeding from the veins.
Diagnosing Varicose Veins
The doctor will diagnoses varicose veins using one or a combination of the following exams and tests:
- First, the doctor will begin by doing a physical exam of your legs and feet to look for signs of varicose veins. He or she may ask you to stand or walk so they can monitor the circulation in your legs.
- Next, they may use ultrasound to get a better look at your veins. This non-invasive test uses sound waves to create a detailed map of your veins.
- They may also order a venogram, which is an X-ray of your veins. This test can help your doctor determine if the valves in your veins are working properly.
- Finally, the doctor may order a CT scan or MRI to look for any blockages in your veins. This can help them determine if your varicose veins are caused by a deeper problem.
What to Expect During Your Vein Consultation
- At these screening events, we invite you to come to our office and have an ultrasound. This is a quick 5-minute screening and consultation that helps determine if varicose veins are present.
- The screening technician will evaluate two of the main sources of vein disease, the great saphenous vein and the small saphenous vein.
- The technician will apply ultrasound gel to the leg, and place the probe on the leg. Then, the veins are evaluated and the patient is informed of any present vein.
- After the ultrasound, a doctor or nurse practitioner will meet with you to discuss the ultrasound with you as well as answer any questions you may have about varicose veins.
- After your meeting, we will have insurance specialists on hand that can answer questions about insurance coverage and any requirements the insurance may have you meet before treatment.
- If you do not have insurance, do not worry, the insurance specialist can go over self-pay options with you.
Benefits of Varicose Vein Removal
There are numerous benefits to having varicose veins removed which include:
- Feel better about your appearance – Having your varicose veins treated means you can get back to wearing whatever you want without having to worry about using concealer when wearing shorts or dresses.
- Less Pain – If your varicose veins cause discomfort, having them treated can eliminate that pain.
- Better quality sleep – Some studies suggest that restless leg syndrome is caused by varicose veins, so having your leg veins treated could help you sleep better at night.
- Increased mobility – Having veins treated can get rid of the source of the swelling that’s causing your diminished mobility and allow you to get back to what you liked to do before your varicose veins interfered with your lifestyle.
- Improved health – not just a cosmetic issue. They can also lead to more serious health issues such as chronic venous insufficiency, which can cause pain, skin ulcers, and even blood clots. Having them removed can help reduce these risks.
- Reduced risk of skin damage: Varicose veins can also lead to skin damage due to the increased pressure and decreased blood flow. Removing them can help reduce the risk of skin damage.
Varicose Vein Therapy - Oviedo, Winter Haven, Ocoee
Varicose vein removal typically involves minimally invasive procedures such as:
- endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), a type of laser treatment
- radiofrequency ablation (RFA), a small laser fiber radiofrequency catheter is inserted into the affected vein
Laser therapy or radiofrequency energy is used to heat and close the vein, redirecting the blood flow to healthier veins. Over time, the closed vein will shrink and disappear.
Other varicose vein removal treatments include sclerotherapy, in which a special solution is injected into the vein to close it, and vein stripping, in which the vein is surgically removed.
The recovery time for varicose vein treatment depends on the procedure used, but generally, most treatments have minimal discomfort and downtime and patients can return to their normal activities within a few days.
In some cases, patients may need to continue wearing compression stockings for several weeks or months after the procedure.
Our varicose vein specialists will be able to advise on the best treatment for you. Book a consultation by contacting our Vein Center.
The cost of varicose vein treatment at any of our Florida clinics is dependent on the treatment recommended for your individual condition.
After an initial consultation, we can provide detailed costing of the treatment, and if any health insurance rebates apply.
Please contact us for more information on costs.
How to Schedule a Consultation
For more information on our vein care services and the cost of each service, or to schedule a consultation at our clinic, please contact us at one of the following:
Frequently Asked Questions
- Exercise regularly: Exercise helps to improve circulation and reduce pressure on the veins.
- Wear compression stockings: Compression stockings help to reduce swelling and improve circulation.
- Eat a healthy diet: A healthy diet can help to reduce inflammation and improve circulation.
- Take natural supplements: Natural supplements such as horse chestnut, Butcher's broom, and ginkgo biloba can help to reduce varicose veins.
- Avoid sitting or standing for extended periods: Prolonged sitting or standing can increase pressure on the veins and lead to varicose veins.
- Elevate your legs: Elevating your legs while lying down can help to reduce swelling and improve circulation.
A vascular surgeon or a phlebologist would be the best doctors to consult for varicose veins treatment.
It depends on the health insurance policy. Some insurance plans may cover the treatment of varicose veins if it is deemed medically necessary, while others may not. It is important to check with your health insurance provider to determine if they cover the treatment of varicose veins.
No, spider veins and varicose veins are not the same. Varicose veins are larger and are raised above the skin, while spider veins are smaller, flat, and closer to the surface of the skin. Varicose veins usually cause more discomfort than spider veins.