What Are Varicose Veins?
Affecting approximately a quarter of the U.S. adult population, Varicose Veins are superficial veins that have lost their ability to appropriately carry blood up and out of the leg, thus allowing the blood to flow backward toward the feet. Also known as venous insufficiency or venous reflux, this is a result of non-functioning valves inside the veins. Once a vein has become varicose, it won’t go back to normal and should be treated if causing symptoms. If left untreated, severe varicose veins can ultimately lead to chronic leg pain and swelling, eczema-type symptoms, skin thickening and discoloration, bleeding, infections, and even ulcerations (open sores) that won’t heal until the veins are treated.
Risk Factors of Varicose Veins
The leading cause of varicose veins, a family history of vein disease will determine your predisposition to developing the same
Women are three times more likely than men to suffer from abnormal leg veins
3) Pregnancy and Hormones
4) Standing or Sitting For Long Periods of Time
5) Traumatic Injury to the Leg
Symptoms of Vein Disease
- Bulging Varicose Veins
- Clusters of Spider Veins, especially around the ankle
- Leg Discomfort
- Heaviness, Fatigue and Swelling
- Skin Discoloration Around Ankles
- Open, Weeping Wounds around Ankles
Varicose Vein Treatment
The good news is that there has never been a better time to treat your vein disease, as revolutionary advancements in the available technology and treatment have taken place throughout the last fifteen years. Previously, a hospital-based, very painful vein stripping was the de facto surgery used to physically remove diseased veins. However, vein specialists now have wonderful, minimally invasive, in–office options to treat varicose veins and their underlying causes*. At Premier Vein & Body, all varicose vein treatment is performed in the comfort and convenience of our beautiful Leawood office.
- Minimally invasive
- In-office procedures
- Minimal downtime or discomfort*
- No general anesthetic
Upon completion of your Venous Duplex Ultrasound, Dr. Schwartz will determine your recommended treatment protocol, which will involve one or a combination of the following procedures:
Conservative Vein Treatment:
Given that varicose veins are not a life-threatening problem, some patients achieve adequate relief with conservative therapy. Although leg elevation and the use of compression stockings may provide symptomatic relief, they will not, ultimately, resolve the problem. As many insurance companies require a trial of compression stockings for six to twelve weeks prior to approval for a more extensive procedure to treat the underlying causes of the vein disease, a period of conservative treatment using compression stockings will, often, be the first step in your treatment protocol.
Compression stockings are also used post-treatment to decrease bruising and soreness, and help keep the veins sealed closed. Dr. Schwartz recommends wearing the hose for one week post-vein treatment, or until your legs feel better. They also are used post spider vein treatment, as studies show they improve the long-term effectiveness of sclerotherapy injections.
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) or Laser Closure:
Utilizing the Sciton Pro-V Laser System, our state-of-the-art laser treatment is the gold standard to help patients suffering from vein disease. A thin laser fiber (about five human hairs wide) is inserted through the diseased vein via a tiny needle, involving no incision, and thermal energy is delivered to the diseased vein, effectively sealing, or “closing” the unhealthy vein. The blood is then re-routed through healthier veins, thus restoring normal blood circulation. The Sciton Pro-V laser system is, by far, one of the most comfortable laser treatments available, providing our vein patients with rapid relief of symptoms with little to no downtime, less bruising than traditional laser treatment, and minimal, if any, scarring.*
Dr. Schwartz performs the EVLA in the comfort and convenience of his Kansas City vein clinic, and has performed this procedure on thousands of vein patients in the Kansas City metro area.
In addition to treating the underlying diseased veins via Endovenous Laser Ablation, and the visible, superficial bulging veins via Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Dr. Schwartz, often, needs to treat varicose veins or tributary branches that are just below the skin’s surface and not visible to the eye using Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy. Using an ultrasound to guide him, Dr. Schwartz injects an FDA-approved medication into the unhealthy veins, just below the skin’s surface. The medication creates inflammation within the lining of the vein, causing it to seal itself shut, which the body than reabsorbs over time.
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed. Consult with Dr. Schwartz to see if you are a good candidate.