Frequently Asked Questions
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that are visible under the surface of the skin. Also known as defective veins, varicose veins are dilated which cause them to not properly perform their function of transferring blood back to the heart, accumulating blood in them. How often these veins appear depends on many factors: family history, advanced age, gender, pregnancy, weight or obesity, and lack of movement. Women are much more affected than men. Varicose veins, in addition to being unsightly, can generate various symptoms and bring many complications. Varicose veins are treated with lifestyle changes and medical procedures. The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, prevent complications, and improve appearance.
What causes varicose veins?
The veins have one-way valves that makes blood flow to the heart in one direction. If the valves become weakened or injured, blood may back up and collect in the veins. This causes the veins to swell, which can cause varicose veins.
Varicose Vein Symptoms
Varicose veins are not only unsightly, they also bring with them many symptoms. Many times you can have varicose veins and show no symptoms at all. The most frequent symptoms are heaviness and tiredness in the legs, pain, cramps, tingling, feeling hot, itching, itching, swelling or edema of the feet and ankles, changes of color in the skin, varicose veins or veins dilated and twisted, and the appearance of ulcers.
Diagnosis of varicose veins
Diagnosis can be given by means of the following: Venous Doppler: This is the test that makes it possible to see the veins and observe if there are alterations. This test would show venous flow abnormalities.
What is venous disease?
Veins are the blood vessels that carry blood from and to the heart. To overcome the force of gravity, inside the veins there are one-way valves, which open to allow blood to flow to the heart and close to prevent the flow of blood back to the body. When these valves do not work well, or if the vein is damaged and the valves do not close completely, blood may begin to pool in the veins, causing a variety of venous complications.
What are the different types of venous disease?
Spider veins are small, colored veins that look like threads and are most often seen on the surface of the skin. Although many people seek treatment for spider veins for cosmetic reasons, they can also cause many discomforts that need treatment. Varicose veins are large, string-like veins that often have a diameter of half a centimeter or more. Varicose veins usually increase in size over time and can cause significant pain and complications if left untreated.
Who should not receive treatment?
Patients should wait at least three months after pregnancy or major surgery before receiving treatment for venous disease. People with thrombosis or incompetence of the deep veins and patients who cannot walk for other reasons are not good candidates for treatment.
If the vein closes for treatment, where does the blood go?
Because there are many veins in the legs, blood that should flow through the closed vein simply flows through other healthy veins in the local region.