Are you wondering if you should do something about your varicose and spider veins? Vein Specialists of the South has treated over 12,000 patients like you. Our patients’ vein diseases range from cosmetic spider veins and mild varicose veins to advanced symptomatic bulging varicose veins, leg swelling, skin changes, venous ulcers, bleeding veins, and blood clots.
We believe that a wellness lifestyle is of critical importance, and healthy legs start with the VSS Healthy Veins For Life Principles: exercise, elevation, compression, healthy weight management, and avoiding high heels except for special occasions. Unfortunately, even if you do everything you can, certain risk factors can cause ‘bad veins’ to develop. These factors include inherited, pregnancy, and occupational (sit or stand for long periods of time), and the doctors at VSS can help alleviate the issues arising from these factors.
Wearing graduated compression hose slows down the progression of vein disease and relieves some of the symptoms. But not all hose are created equal when it comes to compression. For instance, TED’s are not what this doctor will order. The TED hose used in the hospital is designed to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in bedridden patients, not to treat varicose vein disease in ambulatory folks. Graduated compression means the pressure is higher at the ankles and decreases higher up the leg. Compression hose work best when you buy a quality brand hose, and are fitted and educated on their use by a certified fitter, like the specialists at VSS.
Back to the initial question—should you worry about those spider and varicose veins? As your vein specialist, my answer is yes. One thing is certain, they will get worse without treatment. We recommend evaluation and treatment before severe vein disease and complications develop, but often hear, “My doctor told me not to worry about them!” or “They never bothered me until now.”
To lower the incidence of chronic vein disease in our community, VSS is committed to raising the awareness of vein disease among patients and physicians using community outreach programs, vein screenings, and physician education. To find out more about vein disease and the minimally invasive treatments offered at VSS, visit: veinspecialists.com, our Facebook page, or call VSS today to schedule a consultation with our team of specialists standing by to serve you: (478) 743-2472.