Healthy Legs, Healthy Life
Do you avoid showing your legs? Are shorts out of the question?
Are you tired of living with leg pain, burning and swelling?
Varicose and spider veins affect millions of Americans. It is estimated that 20% of all adults will develop varicose veins at some point in their lives. While they’re commonly a cosmetic concern, varicose veins can also be debilitating.
That’s why Dr. Lam has created The Vein Center at Lam Vascular & Associates, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated entirely to the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of venous conditions.
At The Vein Center, we know veins. We are your go-to for helping you fully understand your options, and with guidance from our team of specialists, choose the right varicose vein treatment for you.
Trust the health of your veins to
trained vascular experts
Spider veins are small broken capillaries close to the surface of the skin. They are mostly cosmetic in nature and rarely cause pain. Varicose veins or CVI (Chronic Venous Insufficiency), on the other hand, can cause leg swelling and pain, are larger (usually more than a quarter-inch in diameter) and often protrude outward. They are situated deeper than spider veins and can be related to more serious vein disorders.
Varicose veins are definitely more than a cosmetic concern and, as tempting as it is, should not be covered up and ignored. Left untreated, they can cause significant discomfort, including pain, burning and swelling. They also pose significant risks to your health.
What causes varicose veins?
Your veins have one-way valves to properly regulate blood flow back to the heart and lungs. When those valves are faulty, blood may leak backward and begin to collect or “pool” in the veins, causing varicose veins.
Over time, varicose veins can lead to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a more serious condition, in which it becomes increasingly harder for the leg veins to pump blood back to the heart.
Symptoms of varicose veins include:
Visible large veins just under the skin’s surface
Swelling in the lower legs or ankles
Heavy or tired feeling in the legs
Leg cramping, pain, achy or itchy sensation
Changes in skin color and texture
Sores, ulcers or open wounds developing
Anyone can develop varicose veins, but certain people are more at risk, including women, those over the age of 60, those who are medically obese, anyone who stands or sits for long periods of time and those with a family history of varicose veins. Trauma to the leg can also cause varicose veins.
Varicose veins are diagnosed during a physical exam at The Vein Center. Your doctor will take a medical history, examine your legs and ask you to describe the pain and other symptoms.
Additional noninvasive testing may be ordered, such as a venous doppler ultrasound, which can evaluate blood flow in the veins and identify whether there are blood clots and blockages.
The EVLT procedure is performed most often on veins that are relatively straight and untwisted. Using ultrasound to see, your surgeon guides a catheter through the affected vein. A laser at the end of the catheter heats the walls of the vein, which closes it. This causes blood to stop flowing through the vein. As your body recovers after the procedure, circulation improves since blood is not flowing through a faulty vein, and the problem vein shrinks and fades.
Sclerotherapy is often considered the treatment of choice for small varicose veins. It involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The solution causes the vein to collapse, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades. After sclerotherapy, treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks to a month or more. In some instances, several sclerotherapy treatments may be needed.
Phlebectomy is a procedure in which several small incisions are created in the skin through which the varicose vein is removed. In the majority of cases, stitches are not required.
Vein ligation and vein stripping is a procedure that removes a damaged vein as well as prevents complications from vein damage. When multiple valves in a vein are heavily damaged, the vein is removed (stripped). During this procedure, one or more incisions are created over the damaged veins, and the vein is closed or ligated. If the ligation serves to close a faulty valve, and the vein/valves beneath the faulty valve are still healthy, the vein may remain in place to continue circulating blood.
Are you ready to step out of the
shadows? Schedule your appointment at The
Vein Center at Lam Vascular & Associates today.
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Can you prevent varicose veins?
There’s no way to completely prevent varicose veins, but improving circulation and muscle tone may help. Regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding high heels and standing for long periods may help prevent varicose veins or keep them from worsening.
What’s the difference between spider veins and varicose veins?
Spider veins are small broken capillaries close to the skin’s surface that are mostly cosmetic in nature and rarely cause pain. Varicose veins can cause leg swelling and pain, are larger, situated deeper and often protrude outward.
Does pregnancy cause varicose veins?
It is not uncommon for some women to experience varicose veins during pregnancy. Hormonal changes factor in as increased progestin levels can dilate veins. Also, during pregnancy, the uterus puts pressure on the vein that carries blood from the legs to the heart, further contributing to varicose veins.
What are the complications of varicose veins?
Varicose veins are usually not serious, but complications can happen, including phlebitis (swelling and inflammation of the vein) and blood clots.
Why should I choose The Vein Center at Lam Vascular & Associates to treat my varicose veins?
The Vein Center is a state-of-the-art facility entirely dedicated to the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of venous conditions by board-certified vascular specialists.
Does insurance cover varicose vein treatment?
Many insurance companies cover the cost of treating varicose veins as they are symptoms of vein disease. Our insurance specialists can help you determine eligibility for coverage.
What other conditions are treated at The Vein Center?
The Vein Center at Lam Vascular & Associates is set up to diagnose and treat many vascular conditions, including Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). When a blood clot develops in the deep veins of an arm, or more likely a leg, this is DVT, which affects up to 900,000 Americans each year.
Step out of the shadows and schedule your appointment
at The Vein Center at Lam Vascular & Associates today.