Bloomfield Vein & Vascular PLLC
Diego Hernandez, MD
Vascular Surgeon located in Bloomfield Hills, MI
Heavy, achy legs can take the joy out of playing with your grandchildren or taking a walk on a beautiful day. The good news is that the medical staff at Bloomfield Vein & Vascular PLLC in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, can help. Learn more about varicose vein treatment today by booking an appointment online or calling us.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are knotty, bulging veins that are bluish in appearance and are usually found on your legs and feet.
Patients suffering from varicose veins typically say their legs feel heavy and achy. Sometimes, they suffer from restless legs, swollen ankles, itching, and in severe cases, skin discoloration and open sores.
Varicose veins occur when the valves inside veins become weak or damaged and fail. Under normal conditions, veins play an important role in carrying blood from the lower extremities to the heart.
Healthy valves keep the blood flowing upward. However, when they fail and don’t close properly, the blood flows back toward the feet, causing pressure. The blood then becomes trapped and pools. This congestion is what causes the throbbing, heavy, and achy feeling as well as the bluish, knotty look.
Are varicose veins dangerous?
Varicose veins can make even the simplest tasks, like walking or standing, painful and uncomfortable. However, the implications of suffering from varicose veins go well beyond your pain sensors. Venous skin ulcers that are difficult to heal may develop as well as blood clots.
How are varicose veins treated?
Every varicose vein case is a little different. At Bloomfield Vein & Vascular PLLC, the highly trained medical staff can advise you on the best option for your particular situation.
They will do an ultrasound study and other diagnostic testing to provide important information to help sort through the different treatment options.
Treatment Options Include:
Endovenous radiofrequency ablation
This minimally invasive treatment uses an X-ray dye to target the affected vein and laser energy or radiofrequency to burn the ends and close them off.
This procedure is the go-to for spider veins and can be used effectively to treat varicose veins as well. During the procedure, the provider injects a chemical irritant into the damaged vein to close off the vein. By blocking off the damaged vein, the blood has to reroute to healthy veins. Over the next several weeks, the unsightly vein fades.
This variation of sclerotherapy uses a chemical irritant consisting of foam instead of a liquid. One of the proprietary products in this treatment category is FDA-Approved Varithena®.
Tired of covering up your legs?
Contact Bloomfield Vein & Vascular PLLC in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Book online or call today.