Varicose veins are caused by incompetent valves within the veins allowingblood to stay in the veins causing pooling of blood. This in time causes veins to swell and bulge. Varicose veins may appear swollen, twisted, rope-like, discolored, or they may not be visible at all. Some patients report a sensation of fullness or heaviness in their legs, aches and pains, or swelling after prolonged sitting or standing. These unsightly veins appear most often in the veins of the leg, thanks to gravity.
Risk factors include:
- Family history
- Prolonged periods of standing
- Defective valves
- Non-Invasive Testing i.e. venous refill times
- Duplex ultrasonography
- VNUS Closure TechnologyCompression Stockings
- Radiofrequency Ablation (VNUS Closure Technology)
Dr. D’Souza is extremely skillful in the treatment of varicose veins using the VNUS Closure Procedure. Receiving his training from the Mayo Clinic, his skills and expertise surpass most trained physicians. The VNUS Closure procedure uses Radiofrequency technology to provide a minimally invasive, painless, in-office option for the treatment of varicose veins. The treatment involves the insertion of a thin flexible catheter into the diseased vein. The vein is then sealed shut using heat. This allows the treated vein to shrink and become reabsorbed by the body and blood flow to be redirected to healthy veins. The procedure is quick with minimal downtime and allows for return to everyday activities while improving the appearance of the affected leg.
Spider veins appear on the surface of skin as tiny bursts or webs. Correction is often preferred for cosmetic purposes. However, sometimes an underlying problem exists and should be evaluated or treatment will provide only temporary results.
Spider Veins are treated with Sclerotherapy, an office-based procedure, that involves injecting the affected vessels with a sclerosant solution that causes the vein to collapse andprevents blood from flowing through it. This in turn causes the appearance of the vein to disappear. The procedure treats existing veins but does not prevent the return of new spider veins or varicose veins from forming; therefore a complete evaluation is advisable.