Varicose veins are large, discolored, and sometimes bulging, veins on the leg. In addition to being unattractive, varicose veins can be painful or itchy. Varicose veins are very common, and fortunately, very treatable.
What causes them?
Normal veins direct blood in one direction. Varicose veins occur when the one-way venous valves stop proper functioning. This may result from biological factors, such as genetics or pregnancy; or lifestyle factors, such as obesity or job requirements. Jobs that require prolonged sitting or standing – such as office workers, teachers, nurses, hairdressers, postal workers, flight attendants – may put you at a higher risk for varicose veins. Trauma or injury can also contribute to varicose veins.
How common are Varicose Veins?
More than 30 million Americans suffer from varicose veins. Yet of those 30 million, less than 2 million seek treatment each year. This disparity is attributed to the lack of awareness surrounding CVD, a treatable disease that is more than a cosmetic issue.
Many patients are surprised to find out that our treatments are more than cosmetic and are covered by most insurance companies. Far too many people suffer from varicose veins when treatment is readily available. If you’re one of them, we can help!!
How are they treated?
At McQuaid Vein Specialists, we treat vein issues using a stepwise approach. Your first appointment is an initial assessment and evaluation of your symptoms. Our board-certified physicians use ultrasound guidance and vein mapping to evaluate your symptoms. Your physician will discuss with you a tailored treatment plan best suited to your needs.
We proudly offer our patients a wide variety of treatment options, including:
- Conservative measures
- VenaSeal™ Closure System
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
- Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
- Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (USGS)
- Visual Sclerotherapy
- Angie Thermocoagulation