The Vein Center at GVI

Your veins carry blood from the capillaries in your body to your heart. In your leg, this means the blood has to flow upward, against gravity. These veins have one-way valves to prevent blood from backflowing. Over time these valves can fail to close tightly, this results in what is known as reflux, allowing blood to pool and cause the veins to become enlarged because they are congested with blood. These bulging and twisting veins are called varicose veins. Spider veins also result from a pooling of blood but they are red, blue or purple small and thin veins on the surface of the skin.

Symptoms

What problems do they cause?

  • Varicose and spider veins
  • Pain in the legs
  • Fatigue, heaviness, aching, throbbing
  • Burning, itching, cramping, restlessness
  • Leg swelling can occur
  • Eczema and inflammation
  • Severe varicose veins can lead to ulcers
  • Skin discoloration
  • Cosmetically unappealing
Treatment

When and how are veins treated?

The most commonly asked questions are: Do veins require treatment? and What treatment is best?

Veins are treated for two reasons: For symptoms such as pain or those that are cosmetically unappealing. There are generally two treatment options: conservative measures, such as compression stockings, or corrective treatment including Ablation treatment, Sclerotherapy, and Ambulatory Phlebectomy.

In most cases a combination of these treatments will be utilized.

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Did You Know?

Approximately 50% of the U.S. population has venous disease and 15-25% of people have varicose veins.