When you experience varicose veins, generally, you’ll have large, painful, and swollen veins that appear on your thighs, lower legs or feet. They result from veins that no longer work properly causing blood from the lower extremities to reverse flow and pool. The veins are often twisted, raised, blue, and highly noticeable. Though varicose veins rarely require emergency removal, the discomfort they create often leads people to seek treatment.
The treatment options we offer at Indiana Vein and Laser Center are all performed in the office and have a short recovery time.
Risk Factors of Varicose Veins
The exact reason for the appearance of varicose veins isn’t precisely understood, but there are identifiable risk factors, including:
- Prolonged standing or sitting
- Family history of the condition
- Prior leg injury, including a minor one like hitting your leg on a table
- Hormonal changes (e.g., puberty, menopause, and birth control pills)
Your general practitioner often detects varicose veins during a routine examination. If severe, they will recommend you see a vascular specialist for a consultation. At that time, the specialist checks the color, texture, swelling, and overall condition to determine if you have varicose veins. In some cases, the doctor may order tests such as a Doppler (Duplex) ultrasound to assess the size of the veins, the direction of blood flow, and the possible presence of blood clots.
Treatment Options for Varicose Veins
The treatment options we offer at Indiana Vein and Laser Center are all performed in the office and have a short recovery time. The procedures are minimally invasive and provided on an outpatient basis.
Making sure you’re healthy and happy with your legs is what we focus on every day. If you already know you have varicose veins or suspect the presence of them, we suggest you call us to schedule your consultation today: Fort Wayne, Indiana 260.432.7654 and Fishers, Indiana 317.915.8323