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Varicose Veins: Symptoms and Treatments
Painful varicose veins don’t have to slow you down or keep you from the lifestyle that you want. In fact, treatments today are better – and easier – than ever. Learn more about common symptoms and procedures during an interview with Dr. Carroll Overton, a vascular and interventional radiologist and director of interventional services at our Cary Vein Center.
In this video, we explore:
- What are common varicose vein symptoms? Common symptoms associated with varicose veins include pain, swelling, cramping and itching. In addition, many patients don’t like how their legs look. Wake Radiology typically sees patients who have a combination of clinical and cosmetic reasons for having their varicose veins treated.
- What are some causes of varicose veins? Varicose veins are more common in women, particularly those who have had children. Changes to the body during pregnancy make women more susceptible to venous insufficiency, the primary case for varicose veins. Heredity is also a common factor.
- What should patients expect if they have a procedure to remove varicose veins? The first thing we do with a patient is have a consultation. This allows us to look at their legs and for the patient to carefully explain her situation and for us to talk about symptoms, concerns and possible treatment options. The next step is usually an ultrasound to determine if the patient has venous insufficiency and then we chart a treatment plan together. This allows us to select the treatment that best fits a patient’s medical needs.
- What can a patient expect after a vein procedure? Today, lasers are used to treat varicose veins. Surgery is not required. Most procedures take about 20 minutes, take place in our Cary office and are commonly covered by insurance. Afterwards, patients shouldn’t have any real downtown and we encourage our patients to be active.
- Do patients need a referral to be seen at Wake Radiology? No – in fact, many patients come to us directly because they want relief from varicose veins. Anyone can contact our office to schedule a vein consultation. We do have many patients who are referred to us by other physicians. Often, varicose veins come up during a routine exam and both the patient and doctor agree a consultation is needed.
- What if a patient has spider veins? Will they become varicose veins? Spider veins, left untreated, can result in varicose veins. However, most patients who come to Wake Radiology with spider veins are concerned about how unsightly their legs are, not with pain or other clinical symptoms. Treating spider veins is now easier and better than it ever has been. Full removal can take two or three treatments, but most patients are extremely pleased with the outcome.
READY TO TALK WITH A RADIOLOGIST? The radiology specialists at our Cary Vein Center can address any questions you have about varicose veins or common treatments. To schedule, click our vein consultation link or call 919.232.4700 today.
Varicose Vein Treatment Options
Varicose veins can be effectively treated with both lifestyle changes and medical treatments. For mild symptoms, the following conservative measures can make a big difference in how your legs feel:
- Compression and elevation
- Over-the-counter non-steroidal medications
- Changes in activity like reducing the time spent standing or sitting
These recommendations can improve symptoms and reduce pain, but they do not change the leg’s appearance. For more severe symptoms, you may need medical treatments specifically focused on addressing varicose veins.
- Endovenous laser ablation
- Sclerotherapy and topical laser therapy
Schedule a Vein Consultation Today
If you’re having pain, even just a dull ache, or any of the following varicose vein symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us and request a vein consultation:
- Your leg symptoms and pain interfere with your daily activities
- The appearance of the veins causes you distress
- The vein has become swollen, red, very tender or warm to the touch
- There are sores or a rash on the leg or near the ankle
- The skin on the ankle and calf becomes thick and changes color
- One of the varicose veins begins to bleed
Click here to schedule a vein consultation or call 919.232.4700 today.