Which Varicose Vein Treatment Is Best For You?
Varicose veins are not fun to have, as they can be painful but not so attractive to look at either. By the age of 60 over 60 percent of women and 45 percent of men have either spider or varicose veins. Unfortunately varicose veins disease is under diagnosed and under treated leading to long term problems for many patients.
There are several reasons for a delay in referral and treatment for vein disease.
- First the symptoms can be the subtle and confused with other conditions.
- Second, many physicians have little training or understanding of the impact of vein problems on quality of life.
- And third many patients have seen family or friends have poor results from treatment with the ‘old methods’.
Often the patient must rely of self recognition so it is important to understand some of the symptoms. If you see bulging veins on your legs or the appearance of spider veins then this is obvious. However, the symptoms of vein disease can be more subtle. Varicose veins can cause swelling, leg cramps, aching and burning sensation or heaviness in your legs. Not so subtle changes include – skin discoloration especially in the lower leg or ankle, hardening of the skin, and even ulceration. If you have any of these symptoms you should seek medical help especially if you legs become swollen, tender or acutely painful.
Fortunately there are effective options for treating both spider and varicose veins. The treatment of spider veins is a cosmetic concern in most all cases. However, most patients with spider veins have some underlying varicose veins that should be treated first to ensure the best results in both symptoms improvement and cosmetic appearance.
Depending on the underlying cause of your vein problems your phlebologist (physician who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with varicose and spider veins) can provide options for treatment.
Some of the treatments options include:
- Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins: The Gold Standard
- Skin Laser for Spider Veins: An emerging technology
- Endovenous Therapy: Radiofrequency or Laser—Replaced stripping.
- Phlebectomy: Minimally invasive method of eliminating unsightly varicose veins.
Your vein specialists or phlebologist can determine which one is best for you after a simple and painless in office evaluation.