While varicose veins are most often a cosmetic concern, they can also be a sign of an underlying vascular condition. Anh L. Ngo, MD MBA, and Manuel G. Sanchez, MD, at Pain Specialty Group in Newington, New Hampshire, offer evaluations and treatments for varicose veins, whether for cosmetic or medical concerns. To learn more about the treatment options for varicose veins, call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
Varicose veins refer to the visible twisted, bulging, blue veins on your skin. While any vein in your body can become a varicose vein, they’re most commonly seen on the legs.
Your veins push your blood back to your heart for oxygenation. To help maintain a constant flow, your veins contain tiny valves that open and close as your muscles contract and relax as they push your blood forward. These valves help prevent backflow of blood.
Varicose veins develop when the valves become damaged and can no longer close partially or completely, allowing the blood to pool backward, creating the visible vein. Varicose veins are common and affect women more often than men.
The simple answer here? It depends. In most cases, varicose veins aren’t a health concern, but they can make you feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. If your varicose veins cause pain or swelling, it may be an indication that there are issues with your circulation, and you should be evaluated.
Your varicose veins can also be a concern if you’re having orthopedic surgery because they may increase your chances of complications.
There are many effective treatments for varicose veins. Initially, the treatment focuses on conservative measures to prevent your varicose veins from getting worse by improving blood flow, which may include:
The team at Pain Specialty Group offers sclerotherapy for the treatment of varicose veins. This procedure permanently destroys your visible veins to improve the look and health of your skin.
The team at Pain Specialty Group performs your sclerotherapy at the office without the need for anesthesia. During the procedure, a needle is inserted into your vein and a chemical solution is injected, which causes the vein to collapse and close.
There’s no downtime following sclerotherapy, and you can resume your usual activities afterward.
Over the next few weeks, you should notice your varicose vein fade and then disappear. You may need only one treatment to get the best results.
Whether for cosmetic or medical reasons, the team at Pain Specialty Group can get rid of your varicose veins for good. Call the office or book online today.