Have you been avoiding wearing shorts for years, struggling with compression stockings, or even applying make up to your legs to try to hide varicose veins? If this sounds like you, it’s time to finally get your varicose veins treated!
You are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from vein disease that are ignoring symptoms and avoiding treatment. It is a common belief that varicose veins are only a cosmetic problem and do not need to be treated. Unfortunately, that is not true. There are several stages of vein disease and if left untreated symptoms will worsen over time.
Stages of Venous Disease
- Spider veins- tiny, web-like clusters of veins without symptoms
- Varicose veins- bulging, ropy veins that can cause pain, heaviness, itching, and swelling in the legs
- Significant swelling/Skin changes- swelling in the lower legs with skin that appears red, purple, brown or shiny. You may notice a loss of leg hair about the ankle or shin area
- Skin ulcers- open wounds develop that become difficult to heal, painful, and a spot for bacteria to enter and cause infection
If you only have spider veins, treatment is cosmetic at this point. The treatment is so simple that there is no reason to hold back on wearing shorts! Small injections into the patches of spider veins can clear them. This is called sclerotherapy and is done on Tuesdays and Thursday at our Hamburg office.
If you have bulging varicose veins, it is always better to seek treatment sooner rather than later, but it is also never too late. Treatment should be done to prevent the venous disease from progressing to a more advanced stage. Treatments offered at Southtowns Radiology include ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation , and ambulatory phlebectomy. This may be where you get overwhelmed and stop reading but DON’T! The great news is that all of these treatments are minimally invasive, leave no scars, and allow you to return to normal activity immediately.
There is no reason to put off treating those veins any longer! Schedule a consultation by calling our Hamburg location at 716-649-9000. You will meet with our experienced Physician Assistant, Meghan McNichol, to answer any further questions that you may have.