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Varicose veins are blue-tinted, bulging veins that appear near the surface of the skin. They can be found anywhere on the body but are most often found in the legs and ankles, since standing and walking increase pressure in these parts of the body.
In your circulatory system, your veins are designed with tiny one-way valves that should easily open (so blood can flow to the heart) and close (to keep blood from flowing backward). Varicose veins are when these valves don’t work properly, called “venous insufficiency.” When this happens, blood that is supposed to flow back up to the heart begins to pool in the vein. As a result, the veins may twist around and grow larger in order to accommodate the additional blood that gets pooled, which is why they look the way they do.
But appearance isn’t the only problem. Pooled blood continues to affect other valves, and the varicosity worsens. And this can lead to other, and potentially serious, health consequences.
At Widmeyer Vein Center, Dr. Widmeyer individualized treatment for varicose veins to suit each unique person. He uses two primary techniques to resolve varicose veins: endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) and a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, ambulatory phlebectomy. Some patients can be treated with one or the other technique, while others may be best helped through a combination of both treatments. Dr. Widmeyer performs both procedures right in our Lynchburg, VA, office.
State-of-The-Art Laser Treatment is Fast, Convenient and Comfortable
At Widmeyer Vein Center, Dr. Widmeyer has special expertise and experience treating varicose veins with EVLT. EVLT has been shown in clinical tests to be just as effective as those earlier forms of treatment… but with several important advantages. EVLT can be done in the office, and quickly. And recovery is typically fast and easy. Also, varicose veins treated with laser are unlikely to recur.
Dr. Widmeyer is highly experienced at EVLT, having successfully performed more than 3,000 procedures. EVLT works by changing the composition of the inside wall of a varicose vein, causing it to close down and, over time, become absorbed naturally into the body.
EVLT can be done quickly, in our office, and with very little downtime. It takes about a half-hour. Patients can leave immediately afterward, drive home and enjoy few or no activity restrictions.
Varicose Veins – Know the Facts.
Varicose Vein Causes: You can inherit a tendency to have varicose veins. Age alsoincreases your risk, since varicose veins usually first appear between the ages of 30 and 60. Other causes include being overweight, standing for long periods and pregnancy. Men are less likely to have varicose veins than women; taking birth control pills or hormone therapy can increase risk.
Other risk factors include medical history (blood clots, previous venous disease, tumors and constipation) and wearing tight undergarments. Having already had venous surgery and/or exposure to ultraviolet light are also risk factors.
Symptoms: When you first notice your varicose veins, your concern may be only cosmetic. Most varicose veins don’t cause discomfort when they first appear but this often changes over time. Your legs may begin to feel heavy, tired or achy. You may also notice muscle cramping and a sensation of burning and/or throbbing, which gets worse when you walk or stand. Other symptoms may include a change in skin color (known as stasis pigmentation) or texture (dry or thinning), inflammation, open sores and bleeding.
Danger: No one likes the way varicose veins look, of course, but there can also be reason to worry about what they mean to your health. Mostly varicose veins are unpleasant but occasionally they can be a sign of a life-threatening condition called deep vein thrombosis, which is why a medical evaluation is important. Left untreated, varicose veins will almost always grow worse over time.