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, varicose veins are 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.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
- Dilated, Bulging Leg Veins
- Veins Popping Out
- Leg pain, swelling, heaviness or fatigue at end of day
- Extensive varicosities on leg(s)
- Clusters of small spider veins on inside of ankles
- Brownish skin discoloration near ankles
- Open, weeping wounds or ulcers around ankles
Treatment for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are usually progressive, meaning that in most cases, they get worse over time if left untreated.
Spider Veins from high pressure in the venous system, which, in turn, forces the thin-walled veins to expand. These engorged capillaries then expand to several times their normal size, causing spider veins.
Symptoms of Spider Veins
- Tiny red, bluish or purplish “webs” on your legs
- Aching, itching, burning, throbbing
- Typically located on ankles, calves and thighs
- Often found on nose/face
Treatment for Spider Veins
Spider veins are easily treated with a combination of superficial laser and sclerotherapy, a procedure involving an injection of a special highly concentrated chemical solution designed to eliminate the spider veins completely. Most patients require a series of three to five treatment sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart. Since spider veins are largely a cosmetic issue, and not a medical one, most insurance will not cover their treatment.
KANSAS CITY’S ORIGINAL VEIN CENTER
When it comes to healthcare, there is no substitute for specialty training and experience. This sentiment could not be more true than in the current field of in-office vein treatment, where a variety of physicians from all specialties, with limited vascular experience and education, are referring to themselves as “vein specialists”.
In 2003, Dr. Craig Schwartz opened one of the Kansas City metro area’s very first medical practices dedicated to the in-office treatment of vein disease, including varicose and spider veins. Triple board certified in Vascular Surgery, General Surgery and Phlebology (Vein Disease), Dr. Schwartz possesses the vascular training and experience required of a true “vein specialist.” As one of the only locally-owned vein treatment centers in the metro, Premier Vein and Body by Schwartz offers patients a truly individualized approach to the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease.
*Individual results may vary
CRAIG SCHWARTZ, “KANSAS CITY’S VEIN GUY”
As one of the Midwest’s most prominent and accomplished vein specialists, Dr. Schwartz is warmly known as “Kansas City’s Vein Guy” for many years. In addition to his impressive experience in the field of vascular surgery and venous disease, Dr. Schwartz also possess additional RVT (Registered Vascular Technologist) and RPVI (Registered Physician Vascular Interpretation) certifications in venous ultrasound technology, ensuring the most thorough diagnosis and treatment of vein disease.
Calling upon the impressive skill set of Dr. Schwartz means that your spider or varicose veins will be treated with fewer risks, less downtime and better medical and cosmetic results than ever before. There are many newcomers to this field, but only one original!