If you suffer from tired, swollen, heavy, aching legs or itchiness, cramps, Restless leg syndrome, lumps or bleeding during shaving, you may have varicose veins. We offer multiple options for treatment of problematic veins around the calves, thighs, eyes, hands, nose, abdomen and pelvic areas that may cause discomfort and heaviness.
Varicose veins affect up to 30% of the American adult population, mostly in women but affect men as well. Age, Heredity, pregnancy, occupation (standing or sitting) and genetics can increase chances of varicose veins. Blood circulates to the legs through arteries and returns to the heart, working against gravity. When you run or walk, the muscles surrounding the leg veins pump the blood back to the heart. The valves within the veins stop the blood from falling back down to the legs. If these valves are malfunctioning, they leak blood and increase pressure, like a backed up dam, and the veins will weaken and bulge, causing them to become varicose veins.
Without proper treatment, varicose veins can cause serious health problems including these symptoms that can possibly occur:
Bleeding - Varicose veins can bleed after injuring, bumping, shaving close to the vein, a sandal strap rubbing on them or even a hard bump on the leg.
Venous Stasis Dermatitis - purple or Brown discolorations of skin around ankle area.
Venous Ulcers - Blood seeps out the veins onto surrounding tissue, which causes it to break open after declining over time.
Phlebitis - blockage or inflammation of calves and low leg veins that become red or purple and are painful.
Larger varicose veins are usually easier to spot. However, determining where the vein originates from and the extent of the damage is more challenging. To do this, we conduct tests at our ACR (American College of Radiology) centers using a color duplex ultrasound scan, which checks for abnormalities and blood flow within the vein. We also use a Doppler ultrasound to create a map of the veins using sound waves, which shows blood flow and determines if the vein is refluxing.
We will discuss all options and create a personalized treatment plan for you. Some patients only need to wear compression stockings to fix the issue, while others may need a more involved treatment, such as:
At the Advanced Vein Center, we use the most innovative technology to comfortably and safely treat veins. Our treatments are performed by board-certified doctors and physicians specializing in vein health. Most vein procedures are covered by insurance.
FREE Vein Screenings are available at ALL locations- vein clinic in Cranberry,Butler vein clinic and our Bridgewater vein clinic to name a few.
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To find out more about the treatment of veins in Pittsburgh, Call today or fill out our form to schedule a FREE Consultation 724.987.3220