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Why Do Varicose Veins Hurt?

Do your legs ache, feel heavy, or swell frequently? You might have varicose veins, which are signs of a problem with the circulation in your legs. Varicose veins can become uncomfortable or even painful, and you should have them diagnosed and treated by a vein specialist. Varicose vein treatment at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz can relieve your symptoms and improve your circulatory health. 

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins develop from normal veins and may become visible under the surface of the skin. Varicose veins often look thick and rope-like with a bluish, reddish, or purplish color. These bulging veins do not always indicate a problem, but they can be a sign of venous insufficiency. 

They occur when the one-way valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs start to fail. This allows blood to pool in the legs, stretching the vein walls. Visible varicose veins can occur when a problem with the deep leg veins causes blood to move back into feeder veins. 

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What Causes Varicose Veins? 

Numerous factors contribute to the development of varicose veins

  • Genetics: varicose veins often run in families
  • Age: time can weaken the valves in your leg veins
  • Gender: women are at higher risk than men
  • Lifestyle: being on your feet or sitting for long periods increases your risk
  • Obesity: more weight increases stress on the leg veins
  • Pregnancy: increased stress on the pelvic veins affects circulation

Even if you have several risk factors, you can take steps to keep leg circulation healthy. Maintaining healthy activity levels and managing weight can lower your risk, but you can still develop varicose veins. 

Why Do Varicose Veins Hurt?

Varicose veins can have a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Aching
  • Heaviness
  • Cramping, especially at night
  • Swelling
  • Ulcers or sores around the ankles

Varicose veins can cause pain because they indicate that the deep circulation in your legs is not working properly. If your varicose veins hurt, you should schedule an appointment with a vein specialist like Dr. Craig Schwartz. Treatment can relieve your symptoms and correct the underlying venous insufficiency. 

How are Varicose Veins Treated?

Varicose vein treatment is a customized process that often involves a combination of treatments. Dr. Schwartz will use Venous Duplex Ultrasound to assess the condition of your deep leg veins. This in-depth scan allows him to plan the best treatment for you. 

Conservative Vein Treatment

Many insurance companies will require that you begin your vein treatment with conservative methods. This can include compression stockings, leg elevation, and other strategies. Since these will not address the underlying problem, most people will proceed to more effective treatments. 

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)

Dr. Schwartz uses a laser system specially designed for vein treatment. It uses a laser fiber the size of a few human hairs inserted into the problem vein. Laser energy damages the walls of the vein, causing it to seal closed. This treatment is effective and involves little to no discomfort. Blood flow will redirect into healthier veins. 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

This procedure uses openings the size of a freckle to “hook” and remove superficial varicose veins. It causes an immediate disappearance of the treated veins. Your treatment plan may use ambulatory phlebectomy to improve your circulation and the appearance of visible veins. 

Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

Dr. Schwartz often uses ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy if you have varicose veins under the skin too deep to see. This treatment uses ultrasound to visualize the varicose veins so a sclerotherapy solution can be injected. This solution seals the varicose vein, causing blood to reroute to healthier veins. 

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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.

What Results Will I See With My Varicose Vein Treatment?

Veins treated with EVLA or ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy will fade over several weeks. Ambulatory phlebectomy can speed up the disappearance of visible treated veins. Treating deep vein issues can resolve your discomfort. Symptoms such as heaviness and swelling will improve as soon as normal circulation has been restored. 

Can Varicose Veins Come Back After Treatment?

After treatment closes or removes a varicose vein, it will not grow back. The blood that used to travel through them has moved to functional veins. However, you can develop new varicose veins. Maintaining a healthy activity level, avoiding long periods of sitting or standing, and wearing compression stockings can help limit the development of new varicose veins. 

Is There Any Downtime with Varicose Vein Treatment?

You can return to most normal activities after varicose vein treatment, although you should follow your post-procedure instructions. This will often include compression stockings to help the treated veins seal shut. We will recommend that you walk every day to encourage good circulation. You can return to work or your daily routine after treatment. 


*Individual Results May Vary


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 have further questions about varicose veins, call us at (913) 451-8346 or complete our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how Kansas City’s premier vein treatment center can help you!

Premier Vein & Body is located in Kansas City, MO and proudly also serves 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 provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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