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Dr. David Nabi, MD, FACS

Varicose Veins

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are when the veins in your legs become misshapen and distended. 

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins occur when the valves in veins collapse or fail. These valves, each separated by an inch or two, are essential because veins are a low-pressure system. When one valve collapses, the next one in the chain must (but usually cannot) do double-duty. Wrong-way flow in the veins then causes the blood to accumulate and produces a distended appearance.

What are the symptoms?

Sometimes there are no symptoms. Other times, when the veins stretch out and distend, they push against the nerves and cause discomfort or pain. Additional symptoms include a sensation of heaviness, itchiness, or achiness in the legs.

Are there any complications?

When the veins distend against the nerves and skin, untreated, it can lead to wounds or a venous ulcer. A venous ulcer occurs when the veins eat through the skin, causing the skin to fall apart.

What is the cause?

Varicose veins are primarily hereditary. Pregnancy, obesity, and aging are contributing factors. 

What is the treatment?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure commonly used to treat varicose veins. RFA is the preferred method for enlarged veins and typically lasts a half-hour. Most patients respond very well to treatment.

Treatments range from the simple to the complex:

  • Elevating your legs may provide temporary relief.
  • Compression garments can change the pressure in your leg and improve blood flow.
  • Anti-inflammatories may reduce the appearance.

We have minimally invasive procedures for the more complicated varicose venous ulcers and wounds. We will personalize a treatment plan that works best for your situation. 

Schedule a varicose vein consultation today! A pain-free life is easier to achieve than you think.

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