If you have bulging, uncomfortable, painful varicose veins, you are not alone. 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 legs, thus allowing the blood to flow backward toward the feet. Varicose veins are often a symptom of a progressive disease that will not get better on its own without treatment.
Caused by underlying 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, whether or not it is causing symptoms. If left untreated, varicose veins and their related underlying insufficiency, 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.
Certain risk factors may make it more likely for varicose veins to form. The leading cause of varicose veins is hereditary or genetic, as a family history of varicose veins will determine your predisposition to them. Women are three times more likely than men to struggle with abnormal leg veins. Pregnancy plays a common role in the formation of both spider and varicose veins since the bodily and hormonal changes of pregnancy cause greater blood flow and therefore greater potential for unsightly veins. Sitting or standing for long periods of time or traumatic leg injuries can also cause vein concerns.
Symptoms of Vein Disease may include:
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 treatments are performed in the comfort and convenience of our beautiful Kansas City office.
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, swelling and soreness, and help keep the veins sealed shut. 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 vein treatments available, providing our vein patients with rapid relief of symptoms with little to no downtime, less bruising than traditional laser treatments, and minimal, if any, scarring.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy: Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive in-office procedure that removes superficial varicose veins to restore healthy blood flow and improve your venous health. A small instrument is used to remove the varicose veins, which redirects blood flow to deeper, healthier vessels.
Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy: 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 then reabsorbs over time.
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.
Though exact results will depend upon the treatment you receive, most patients can expect to see a notable improvement, or complete resolution, in the appearance of their varicose veins. Early varicose vein treatment can also help prevent the progression of venous disease.
Your team will discuss your post-treatment care plan with you prior to your procedure, but most of our treatments require little to no downtime.
When you choose Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz for your vein procedure, you will be working with an experienced physician who specializes in vein disease. Dr. Schwartz is known as Kansas City’s “Original Vein Doctor” and the only triple board-certified vascular surgeon performing vein treatments in the area. Premier Vein & Body was founded in 2003 and was one of the first vein treatment centers in the Kansas City area. Dr. Schwartz is certified as an RVT (Registered Vascular Technician) and RPVI (Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation). These certifications are in venous ultrasound technology, ensuring the most thorough diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. With over 12,000 vein procedures performed, we’re confident that we can help you no matter what your vein condition might be.
*Individual Results May Vary
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*Individual Results May Vary
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