SMALL & LARGER VARICOSE VEINS

Varicose veins are the result of vein disease, or Venous Insufficiency. Veins become dilated, twisting, and bulging, making it difficult to stand, walk, work, or enjoy your favorite activities.

Varicose veins are abnormal veins resulting in the failure of blood to circulate properly. The veins develop as a result of abnormally high pressure or high flow in the veins. Over time, this problem leads to discomfort or pain when standing, and eventual swelling and dark discoloration of the ankles.

Varicose veins are dilated veins larger than 3 mm in diameter that appear beneath the skin. The veins can be purple and blue and can occur in various areas throughout the body: thighs, legs, ankles, and feet. Varicose veins can bulge out above the surface of the skin.

Blood in healthy veins travels in a single direction, which is back towards the heart. When there is a weakness in the flow of blood caused by the vein valves, the blood leaks and falls back in the opposite direction creating a bulging varicose vein.

Symptoms include itching, heaviness, swelling, burning, tingling, and aching in the legs or pelvis. Varicose veins can become a serious medical condition; left untreated, they may cause darkening of the skin (around ankles) and swelling, bleeding, skin ulcerations/sores, and blood clots, resulting in a condition called thrombophlebitis.

For this reason, patients with varicose veins should be examined by a professional who specializes in vein treatment.

CAUSES

Varicose veins affect up to 60% of the population. Whether deep inside the body or easily seen on the skin’s surface, varicose veins occur when the delicate valves inside a vein stop working. Risk factors include:

  • Family History: Heredity is the number-one contributing factor to the formation of varicose veins. Up to 50% of people with a family history of vein disease will develop them.
  • Sex: Visible varicose veins are found nearly twice as often in women.
  • Pregnancy: Increased blood volume and hormones during pregnancy contribute to the weakening of veins and valves.
  • Age: Over years of use, the valves inside your veins gradually weaken and allow blood to reflux, or travel in the opposite direction.
  • Injury: Blood clots and vein injuries can make valves no longer function, leading to varicose veins.
  • Occupational: Sitting or standing for long periods of time can contribute to vein disease. In active legs, muscle contractions help to pump blood back to the heart. Sitting or standing puts more strain on veins—they have to work harder to do their job.

SYMPTOMS

There are a wide variety of symptoms associated with varicose veins including twisted veins, restless legs, cramps, swollen ankles, pain, and skin discoloration.

Depending on the individual person, symptoms may vary—from intense soreness to no pain at all. Common signs include:

  • Leg pain or aching
  • Heaviness in legs
  • Itching around veins
  • Leg swelling

These symptoms are often made worse by long periods of sitting or standing. Left untreated, varicose veins can become a serious medical condition and may cause:

  • Blood clots
  • Skin pigment changes
  • Bleeding
  • Skin ulcerations

When you choose Dr. Ricardo Ruz, you are choosing a health care provider, who will ensure the most up to date, highest quality care available using state-of-the-art medical technologies. Whether you are seeking an initial examination or a second opinion for your condition, Dr. Ruz and his staff are available to discuss further options and consult on possible treatments.

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DIAGNOSTICS

If you think you have symptoms of Varicose veins, Dr. Ricardo Ruz has the expertise and years of experience to treat them with the best possible procedures available in the industry.

Visit Dr. Ruz for a physical examination in order to consult on possible treatments for your health or esthetic concerns.

To diagnose vascular conditions, Dr. Ruz will do a physical exam, including looking at your legs while you’re standing to check for swelling. He may also ask you to describe any pain and aching in your legs. Accurate diagnosis is mandatory to define the anatomy and pathophysiology involved in the disease process.

Following the examination, Dr. Ruz will determine if the patient needs a Doppler, or if sclerotherapy treatments can start right away. He will estimate the number of treatments required.

In order to confirm a diagnosis of venous insufficiency of deep veins and to plan treatment, patients may need to have an ultrasound during their first visit.

Dr. Ruz uses high quality ultrasound transducer to allow visualization of the veins in high definition and to apply Doppler technology to measure venous reflux.

Followed the duplex, Dr. Ruz will suggest possible treatments for your health or esthetic concerns.

When you choose Dr. Ricardo Ruz, you are choosing a health care provider, who will ensure the most up to date, highest quality care available using state-of-the-art medical technologies.

Followed physical examination and in some cases ultrasound, Dr. Ruz will offer you possible treatments for your vascular conditions.

See below all possible solutions for Varicose veins condition.

SOLUTIONS

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