“Varicose” is a condition in which a vein becomes enlarged, knotted, and swollen. These types of veins are most often found in the superficial veins of the legs, but can also be found in other parts of the body. Hemorrhoids are a type of varicose vein. Varicose veins can cause pain and discomfort. They are usually greenish blue in color, larger, and will often be raised above the skin.
Veins have one-way valves that keep blood flowing toward your heart. If these valves become damaged or weakened, blood backs up in the vein causing pressure and distending of the vein. Varicose veins affect an estimated 30% of the adult population. Family history (genetics), venous insufficiency, prolonged standing, obesity, and pregnancy can all be risk factors. Left untreated, occasionally varicose veins may progress and cause skin ulcers, blood clots, and spontaneous bleeding.
Treating Varicose Veins
There are several ways to treat varicose veins. Exercising and wearing graduated compression stockings under the care of a doctor are two measures that may provide some measure of relief. Contact us here for a free consultation.
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“Before having my procedure, I had been suffering from swollen legs and pain. I had been very depressed for a long time [because of it]. I had been taking pain medications and had very little energy. I felt like this is how I would feel the rest of my life. Then I was referred to Dr. Medina and his friendly staff. They took the time to explain the procedures to me and work with my schedule (I live 85 miles away). My life has changed so much since having the procedure. I no longer take pain medication. I have dropped 30 pounds and feel young again. If I had to do it all over again I would do the same. It was worth the trip to Cary!”
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