Varicose veins are enlarged veins that affect an estimated 50% of the adult population, especially older adults. These veins often occur on the lower legs, creating pronounced, raised blue, purple or reddish veins that are aesthetically and physically undesirable. Varicose veins can cause a variety of symptoms and put you at risk of certain health problems. Here are some of the top reasons to seek treatment if you have varicose veins.
Leg Pain and Cramping
Varicose veins may start as smaller spider veins but as they get larger, they can become very uncomfortable. The legs tend to ache, especially when you are on your feet for extended periods of time, and many people experience cramping. Affected legs tend to feel heavy with throbbing aches throughout the day.
Swelling in the Lower Legs/DVT
Swelling of the legs, especially in the calf, can be a serious sign of complications with varicose veins. It can also make it uncomfortable to wear certain clothing or footwear. Swelling around varicose veins can be a sign of a blood clot (DVT), which requires immediate medical diagnosis and treatment to prevent pulmonary embolisms.
Some varicose veins can cause ulcers in the skin surrounding the vein. Discoloration of the skin is the first sign of an ulcer caused by varicose veins, which often occurs near the ankles. These ulcers can be painful and increase the risk of infection.
Varicose veins are pronounced, twisted veins that are unattractive. If the health risks and painful symptoms are not enough to induce seeking treatment, consider the benefits of removing these veins for cosmetic reasons.
Treatments for Varicose Veins
Dr. Benvenisty is a highly skilled and respected vascular surgeon who offers advanced options for varicose vein removal. In most cases, these veins can be removed with minimally-invasive treatments such as saline injections (sclerotherapy), ablation or laser therapy. This can remove these unsightly veins from your legs just in time for summer, as well as reduce the risk of pain, blood clots and other complications. Call the office of Dr. Benvenisty in NYC to schedule your varicose vein treatment consultation.
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