Those large, ropy veins that bulge through the surface of your skin on your legs can be more than a cosmetic concern. If you’re plagued by uncomfortable varicose veins or unsightly spider veins on your legs and face, Vivek Das, MD, and Arun Kandra, MD, at Premier Spine & Pain Management can help eliminate these problematic blood vessels. If you’re in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, and you’d like to learn more about varicose and spider veins, call or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment. The practice has locations in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Somerset, Hillsborough, Succasunna, and Middletown, New Jersey.
Varicose Veins Q & A
What are varicose veins?
To better understand varicose veins, it’s helpful to step back and take a look at how the circulatory system in your legs works. The veins in your legs fight both distance and gravity when they deliver blood back to your heart. To help, they’re equipped with tiny valves that close off to prevent your blood from spilling backward. If these valves malfunction, your blood can pool, forming varicose veins and their less severe counterparts, spider veins.
While varicose veins aren’t necessarily dangerous, they can be a source of discomfort and lead to:
- Throbbing pain or a dull ache
- A heavy feeling in your legs
Varicose veins may be isolated or a sign of something larger at play, which is why seeking medical intervention at Premier Spine & Pain Management is a good idea.
What causes varicose veins?
The primary cause of varicose veins is venous insufficiency, which, as described above, is a problem in your blood vessels that interferes with their ability to return blood to your heart. Several factors can raise your risk for venous insufficiency, including:
- Age: Your blood vessels naturally weaken with age
- Gender: Women are more likely to develop varicose and spider veins
- Carrying extra weight
- Spending long periods on your feet
Varicose and spider veins usually don’t go away on their own, which is why you should see Dr. Kandra or Dr. Das for treatment.
How are varicose veins treated?
When it comes to varicose and spider veins, the doctors at Premier Spine & Pain Management use several approaches. To start, they may put you in compression stockings to help your blood flow more efficiently. If compression doesn’t work, they may turn to:
Your doctor injects a solution into the vein to close it off, forcing your blood to reroute itself through healthier vessels.
Radiofrequency or laser therapy
Your doctor delivers energy into the vein to heat it up and seal it off. Your body then naturally eliminates the blood vessel.
Your doctor goes in and seals off and removes the problematic portion of the vein in one of two outpatient procedures: vein stripping and a phlebectomy.
If you’d like to find a solution for your varicose and spider veins, call Premier Spine & Pain Management or use the online scheduling tool.