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How Do You Get Varicose Veins?

The veins in your legs are under constant stress as they move blood against gravity back to your heart. These veins can become stretched and damaged, causing varicose veins. These problem veins and the underlying damage that causes them can be affected by many factors, including lifestyle choices, health problems, and genetics. 

What are Varicose Veins? 

Varicose veins form from normal, healthy veins in your legs. Veins transport blood back to the heart, so your leg veins must carry this blood against the force of gravity. They have one-way valves that keep the blood from flowing backward, but these valves can become damaged. When the valves leak, blood pools in the veins, causing them to stretch and bulge. These varicose veins can appear on the surface, but others may be deeper in the legs.

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How Do You Get Varicose Veins? 

Varicose veins are a common condition, and avoiding them can be difficult. Factors that cause your leg veins to weaken and stretch include:

  • Sitting or standing for extended periods
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Female gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking

As you can see, several lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of developing varicose veins. Becoming more active, moving frequently throughout the day, and quitting smoking can have a significant effect. However, factors like genetics play a strong and unavoidable role. 

Once healthy veins have transformed into varicose veins, they cannot return to their normal state. The only way to eliminate these bulging veins is through treatment. While varicose veins may not be a health problem, they can indicate a problem with the deeper leg veins. Venous duplex ultrasound lets Dr. Craig Schwartz diagnose and treat the underlying causes of your vein problems. 

How are Varicose Veins Treated

Our owner and medical director, Dr. Craig Schwartz, a triple-board certified vascular surgeon, will develop a treatment plan based on your needs. It may include a single or multiple types of treatment, depending on the results of your in-office diagnostic ultrasound testing.  Most commonly, the Great Saphenous Vein (GSV), the longest vein in the leg that often becomes stretched and damaged, will need to be treated, and he will then follow this by addressing problematic visible veins. 

Conservative Vein Treatment

Some people can achieve symptom relief with compression garments and lifestyle changes. Insurance companies typically require a trial of conservative treatments before proceeding to medical ones. These methods will not correct the underlying cause and will usually not provide long-term relief. 

Endovenous Laser Ablation

This gold standard treatment for treating vein disease uses a thin laser fiber inserted into the problem vein. This fiber emits pulses of laser energy that target the vein walls, causing damage that will collapse the vein. Your blood will flow through healthier veins which will adjust to accommodate this change. Closing the diseased GSV will restore normal blood flow through your legs and heal the major vein that is causing the reflux and related bulging veins or symptoms

Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy

Dr. Schwartz often uses this technique to treat varicose veins beneath the surface and not visible to the naked eye. This treatment can be used after EVLA to treat “feeder” veins that were flowing into the GSV. Via ultrasound guidance, Dr. Schwartz inserts a small needle into the vein, injecting a sclerosing solution. This chemical damages the inside of the vein, causing it to collapse. 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

This treatment removes the visible bulging veins most associated with varicose veins through freckle-sized incisions in the skin. Tiny hooks are used to extract the vein, causing it to disappear immediately instead of waiting weeks for it to fade.

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To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at 913-451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

Is There Any Downtime After Varicose Vein Treatment?

Most varicose vein treatments require no downtime. You can return to your usual activities after your in-office session. We will instruct you to walk regularly to promote good circulation. You may have a compression garment to wear for a few weeks while your leg veins adapt. Depending on the treatment, you may notice temporary redness or bruising in the area. 

What Results Will I See After Varicose Vein Treatment?

Each person responds differently to treatment for their varicose veins. In general, treated veins begin to fade within a few weeks and will gradually disappear. These treated veins will typically not reappear since the source of the vein disease has been addressed. However, you can develop new varicose veins, especially if you have several risk factors. We may recommend lifestyle changes such as increasing your activity level to maintain your healthy leg circulation. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Varicose Vein Treatment?

Almost anyone bothered by varicose veins is a good candidate for treatment. Varicose vein treatment is minimally invasive, safe, and effective. Good candidates understand the risks and benefits of the procedure and have achievable goals. You might not be a candidate for some procedures if you have certain medical conditions. The great news is that most varicose vein treatment is covered by most insurance providers. We participate with a number of providers, and in the event that we do not participate with your plan, we can still provide your vein treatment, with your out -of-pocket going towards your deductible.  In the event that you are not insured, we also offer a discounted cash option.


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Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

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If you are interested in varicose vein treatment, please call us at (913) 451-8346 or complete our online contact form, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you. Premier Vein & Body is located in Kansas City, MO, just past the State Line, and proudly serves Leawood, Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content in this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If anyone has a medical concern, they should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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