Treating Varicose and Spider Veins

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Treating Varicose and Spider Veins

8/06/15

Varicose Vein Treatment

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh-colored that bulge and protrude through the skin. They can be swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are often found on the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg. More than 60 percent of women and 50 percent of men have varicose veins. Not only are varicose veins unsightly, but they also may cause pain, swelling, cramping, aching, restless leg syndrome, itching, fatigue, skin discoloration, and chronic wounds in advanced cases. The ELVT ™ procedure is 98% effective in treating most cases.

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh-colored that bulge and protrude through the skin. They can be swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are often found on the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg. More than 60 percent of women and 50 percent of men have varicose veins. Not only are varicose veins unsightly, but they also may cause pain, swelling, cramping, aching, restless leg syndrome, itching, fatigue, skin discoloration, and chronic wounds in advanced cases. The ELVT ™ procedure is 98% effective in treating most cases.

Now there is a simple and effective treatment for unsightly varicose veins using the VenaCure Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT™) System. The procedure, which is covered by most insurance plans, is performed in Dr. Ashley Stewart’s office is less than an hour and only requires local anesthesia.

 

Treatment for Spider Veins

Spider Veins are different than varicose veins. They are small, purple to red blood vessels, often visible on the leg, ankle or foot. Spider veins also may cause leg discomfort. The most common treatment for spider veins is sclerotherapy, an injection of a sclerosing agent into the veins, which irritates the vessels, causing them to scar and become less noticeable. Often, the veins do not actually go away, but become less visible because of the reaction around the walls of the vein. This procedure also can be performed in the office, but is considered to be cosmetic and is generally not covered by insurance.