Varicose veins are large engorged veins that can feel like rope or cords under your skin. They can cause itching, swelling, redness and irritation. Varicose veins can occur in anyone and affect 35% of the US population.
What symptoms may I have with
Varicosities may cause swelling, itching, pain, burning, fatigue, skin discoloration and ulcers/wounds. Varicose vein may also develop inflammation and pain as a result of a blood clot which can be painful and the discomfort may remain for quite some time.
Blood returns back to your heart through the veins with the help of the pump function of your muscles in your leg to squeeze the blood up against gravity and one-way valves in your veins which generally prevent backward flow of blood. When these valves fail this can cause blood to pool in your legs and cause varicose veins and swelling (venous reflux). Pregnancy, obesity, and prolonged standing can also contribute to the development of varicose veins. Genetics can also be a factor
What can I do if I think
I have symptoms?
Your physician or vascular surgeon will start with a good history of the problem and physical exam. After this an ultrasound may be ordered to assess the major veins in the legs to look for venous reflux. If it is determined that you have this problem, your vascular surgeon with consult with you regarding your options for treatment. If you have any questions or concerns, please call to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our specialists.
We offer many options in regard to intervention including radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and Venaseal. Your specialist may prescribe compressions stockings to help manage your swelling. If you have wounds we may choose a more frequent wound care strategy to heal your wounds. Your specialist will walk you through the process and develop a custom treatment therapy for you.
Venous disease can be a frustrating and time-consuming ailment. We at OC Surgeons will make your treatment as effective and worry-free as able. If you would like to discuss your care or would like to be evaluated by one of our specialists, please call (949)457-7900