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First, let us tell you that you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from varicose and other vein disorders. What’s more, a great number of these people will continue to suffer without seeking treatment due to a perceived stigma of age old outdated treatments.

Your coming to this website is a terrific first step in gaining the knowledge you need to understand that help is not only available, but relatively painless as well.

What are Varicose Veins?
It is estimated that 50 milion people in the United States suffer from varicose veins. Varicose veins can be a cosmetic problem, an annoyance, or a more serious medical problem affecting lifestyle and the ability to perform normal daily activities These elongated, dialated, tortuous veins most often occur in the lower extremities.

Most patients with varicose veins have some symptoms, but the severity varies greatly. Symptoms are typically worse while standing or sitting for long periods.

What Causes Varicose Veins?
Because of the human erect posture, gravity causes elevated hydrostatic pressure in the veins of our legs. Inside the tubular structure of our veins, flap valves prevent backward flow and direct the blood toward the heart. Valves may become ineffective due to damage to the valve itself or to the surrounding vein segment. The result is enlarged, tortuous veins, with abnormally high pressure.
A key valve occurs at the saphenofemoral junction where the saphenous (surface) vein meets the deeper femoral vein at the groin or upper thigh.

Many people have an inherited tendency toward weak valves.
The condition is agravated by several factors including pregnancy, smoking, or chronic increased abdominal pressure associated with cough, constipation, or heavy lifting. Long periods of standing associated with certain occcupations or activities may also play
a role.

Symptoms
The actual cause of varicose veins is faulty, inefficient vein valves. These valves do not close properly, allowing blood to leak back with gravity and pool within the vein. This causes the veins to bulge and stretch and can result in unpleasant side effects such as:

  • Aching and throbbing pain
  • Itching and/or burning
  • Numbness
  • Heavy and tired legs
  • Poor circulation
  • Night cramps
  • Restless Leg Syndrome

Spider Telangiectasia
Although these small surface veins can produce symptoms such as burning and itching, treatment is usually considered cosmetic. Many treatment modalities are available including topical creams, electrotherapy, injections, and laser therapy. Considering expense, effectiveness, discomfort, and invasiveness, we feel that injection therapy with a series of simple office procedure is usually best.

Spider Veins
These are tiny red or purple dilated blood vessels that tend to form when veins become enlarged and swollen from stagnant blood. While smaller than most varicose veins, spider veins are many times more noticeable as they are darker and located directly below the skin’s surface.

Varicose Veins
Also dilated vessels, varicose veins are usually larger and more painful. They are also more harmful as these veins cannot push your blood back toward your heart and lungs with the ease of normal veins. This inability to push blood flow back creates a great burden on your circulation.

Venous Stasis Ulcers
Once ulcers, or sores in the skin occur, treatment becomes more pressing. These ulcers usually occur around the ankle in skin damaged by long standing high venous pressure. A relatively minor injury is often the precipitationg event. Our wound care specialists will recomend topical treatment for the ulcers while our vein care specialists correct the venous insufficiency.