What is Vein Disease?

Female legs above waterWhile vein disease affects some 30 million Americans, only about 2 million of those affected seek treatment. It may seem like a simple cosmetic issue or annoyance because your legs feel restless. Or, they just feel tired, burning, painful, and achy.

It’s easy enough to ignore the symptoms and believe that they will just go away. But the condition can be progressive. Left untreated, vein issues can worsen and become Chronic Venous Insufficiency Disease (CVI).

Symptoms of Vein Disease

Vein disease is often associated with varicose veins and spider veins. The first signs of vein disease can include swelling in your ankles and legs, but they can be painful. Here are some of the most common symptoms of vein disease:

  • Cramps
  • Itchy, dry, or even hardened skin
  • Tired or “heavy” legs
  • Restlessness

While not every patient experiences the same symptoms and genetics are a factor, lifestyle habits like lack of exercise and smoking can affect the severity of the symptoms. You’ll find that pregnancy and even your sitting/standing job or a previous injury can make a difference in the progression of vein disease.

That’s why, as a first step, we like to mitigate the contributing factors. To reduce or eliminate the worst of the symptoms, we recommend compression therapy, exercise, leg elevation, weight loss, and lifestyle changes. The efficacy of these measures will depend on the severity of your condition, the symptoms you’re experiencing, your overall health, etc.

Treatment Options for Vein Disease

Once we’ve reviewed your symptoms and overall health condition, we can determine a diagnosis and start talking about leg vein treatment options. There are several treatment options for vein disease, including compression, laser treatments, and minimally invasive procedures. The best option for you will depend on the severity of your condition as well as your overall health and wellness.

Here’s a rundown of the various options we offer:

  • Sclerotherapy: This procedure involves injecting a foam solution into the  veins to make them harden and close.
  • Endovenous thermal ablation: This laser therapy works to close the targeted vein, which results in diverted blood flow.
  • Micro Ambulatory Phlebectomy: With this procedure, we remove parts of the vein and then apply a compression wrap.

Our goal is to deliver the treatment and/or therapy that will offer the best relief for your comfort and health, with the fastest recovery possible. At Vanishing Veins Northwest, we consult with you to determine the option that will best serve your health and wellness needs at an affordable price.

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