Vein conditions and their treatments are often more complex than they appear. Beyond obvious leg swelling or varicose veins, symptoms may include aching, cramping, heaviness, tired or restless legs, itching, tingling, and burning, as well as skin changes, scaly rashes, and slow or non-healing wounds.
If you have varicose and/or spider veins, clinicians from MakrisMD will provide you with the most effective treatments available, including laser- or RF (radiofrequency) ablation. You will receive a personalized consultation to help you find the causes of your vein problems and choose the treatment that is best for you – all in a convenient, comfortable office.
Non-surgical Outpatient Procedures Treat Varicose Veins
Venous insufficiency is a very common condition resulting from pooling of blood within leg veins due to poorly functioning vein valves. Normally, one-way valves in the veins keep blood flowing toward the heart. When standing, the valves close. With exercise, the muscles of the thigh and calf contract, forcing the blood through the valves against the force of gravity. When the valves become incompetent, they don’t close properly. This allows blood to flow in reverse, a condition called venous reflux. When venous reflux is present, there is increased hydrostatic pressure within the vein causing it to become dilated and varicose.
- Approximately half of the U.S. population has venous disease – 50 to 55% of women and 40 to 45% of men. Of these, 20 to 25% of the women and 10 to 15% of men will have visible varicose veins.
- Varicose veins affect 1 out of 2 people age 50 and older, and 15 to 25% of all adults.
Symptoms caused by venous insufficiency and varicose veins include – aching, pain, and heaviness in the legs. These symptoms tend to worsen by the end of the day and are relieved by rest and elevating the legs. With advanced venous insufficiency, open wounds may develop. These are called venous stasis ulcers. People without visible varicose veins can still have symptoms. The symptoms can arise from spider veins as well as from varicose veins, because, in both cases, the symptoms are caused by pressure on nerves by dilated veins. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, or have noticed other discomforts you believe are caused from venous insufficiency and/or varicose veins, don’t wait to seek medical attention. We offer several treatment options that will quickly and effectively relieve symptoms of vein disease, and have you feeling like yourself again.
We will assess the valves within your leg veins though an ultrasound examination. We then develop a vein map that distinguishes your good veins from the ones with leaky valves. Once we have pinpointed the impaired veins, we can target those veins for treatment.
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Endovenous radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment utilizing thermal energy.
In sclerotherapy, a tiny needle is used to inject the veins with a medication that irritates the lining of the vein.
Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive technique used to remove unsightly or painful bulging leg veins.