Varicose veins and spider veins are a form of venous disease affecting more than 20 million people in the United States. They can have an unsightly appearance and cause symptoms that affect quality of life. Many people are unaware that poor vein circulation is causing their leg symptoms which include: aching, heaviness, itching, pain, swelling, throbbing, stinging, cramping, numbness, burning, and fatigue.
Varicose veins may cause more severe complications, if left untreated such as dermatitis, skin discoloration, and ulcers. Even small spider veins can indicate underlying venous disease, particularly if they occur around the ankle. Learn about causes, treatments, where you can go, and what can be done about your veins.
Valves exist throughout the veins in the legs allowing blood to flow one direction towards the heart. However, valves can eventually fail and let blood leak backwards due to gravity. Veins then engorge with blood to become varicose veins.
You may be predisposed to developing weak veins and valves. A family history of varicose veins can indicate an inherited risk. Also, women are twice as likely as men to develop them due to hormonal changes that can weaken the veins. A personal history of trauma or blood clots, the normal aging process, obesity, pregnancy, and careers involving prolonged standing can cause them too. Even some active lifestyles such as jogging and weight lifting can actually cause varicose veins over time.
Venous disease progresses over time, but conservative therapies can temporarily alleviate symptoms. They include losing weight, elevating the legs, and wearing compression socks. Unfortunately no conservative therapy can fix damaged veins.
At Seattle Vascular Surgery, the root problem is addressed. An initial consultation and assessment followed by ultrasound imaging allows locating the problematic veins to come up with an effective treatment plan.
A series of therapies are used to close down or remove varicose veins. They include prescription compression stockings, endovenous ablation therapy, ambulatory stab phlebectomy and sclerotherapy which are easily done in the office.
Best of all, the ultrasounds and therapies are fully covered by insurance and performed in the clinic. That means minimal financial obligation, no hospital stay, and little to no downtime from your normal daily routine!
Dr. Mai Pham is a fellowship trained, board-certified vascular surgeon who started Seattle Vascular Surgery. She has privileges at three renowned Seattle area hospitals and has over 14 years of vascular surgery experience while performing over 3000 outpatient procedures for varicose veins and spider veins!
Seattle Vascular Surgery is the premier Seattle area vein clinic where Dr. Pham leads a friendly and knowledgeable staff of certified and registered vascular professionals. There are three outpatient clinic locations for your convenience: Seattle, Edmonds, and Issaquah.
From initial consultation to treatments and follow up appointments, Seattle Vascular Surgery is dedicated towards compassion, experience and results! Learn more about your veins and what can be done for you at Seattle Vascular Surgery!