What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins, also known as varicosities, occur when your veins become enlarged and dilated. They are often secondary to venous reflux of the saphenous veins in the leg. Varicose veins can be painful, tender to touch, and appear swollen or raised on the surface of the skin. A bleeding varicosity is cause for immediate consultation/evaluation to discuss treatment options.
Risk Factors of Varicose Veins
Before deciding to seek treatment, it is crucial to understand the nature of the disease and the underlying risk factors.
Patients with the following health conditions may be at increased risk for developing varicose veins:
- Family history of venous disease
- Gender (more common in females)
- Occupation requiring prolonged sitting or standing
- Pulmonary hypertension
Treatment of Varicose Veins
Before deciding to seek treatment, it is crucial to understand the nature of the disease and the underlying risk factors. After treatment of the saphenous veins via radiofrequency ablation or VenaSeal, most varicosities tend to flatten out and are not as visible as they one were prior to treatment. In some cases, these varicosities are fed by other branches of veins and need to be treated individually. Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center can treat these varicosities in our office as all other vein procedures, with a minor procedure known as phlebectomy.
Phlebectomy is the removal of varicose veins through tiny incisions on the leg. No stitches are necessary. This procedure is minimally invasive, leaving no scarring and uses local anesthetic only. Coverage by insurance can be discussed with Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular team.
Heart of Dixie Vein Center offers varicose vein treatment in St George, Cedar City and Kanab. In addition to treating your varicose veins, we will help diagnose and treat underlying risk factors for varicose veins. Have further questions regarding varicose vein treatment and whether its right for you? Contact us today!