Do you have Accurate Information about Vein Disease?
- Posted on: Jan 15 2017
Spider veins and varicose veins are two common problems that can put a huge damper on your sense of well-being and attractiveness. Although research has revealed much more about vein disease than we have ever known, there continues to be a fair amount of myth swirling around cyberspace. In order for you to find the solution that is appropriate for your concerns, it is first necessary to separate fact from fiction. That’s what we will do here.
The process of vein disease
Problems like varicose veins result from:
- A breakdown in the strength of veins in the lower extremities makes it difficult for blood to circulate up the legs.
- Blood pools at some point in the weak vein, increasing the pressure in that vessel.
- In response to pressure, the affected vein enlarges.
- The thickened, bulging vein becomes increasingly noticeable.
Are you falling for bad information like . . .?
Only older adults develop vein disease.
Age is only one, small factor in the development of vein disease. The bigger factor, present in about 80% of patients, is heredity. Spider veins and varicose veins affect teens and twenty-somethings, too, not just older adults.
Only women get spider veins and varicose veins.
If you’re a man with either of these vein conditions, you know there is no merit in the above statement. Yes, more women are affected by vein disease. However, men are not without risk.
Spider veins and varicose veins are just cosmetic problems.
Anyone with varicose veins will tell you that there are symptoms that go beyond mere aesthetics. Varicose veins can become significantly obvious; rope-like in appearance. As if the cosmetic effects are not bad enough, these veins may also become quite uncomfortable, throbbing or aching at the end of a long day. These veins also present a risk for deep vein thrombosis, or clots in deep veins.
Surgery is the only solution to problem veins.
Surgical vein stripping used to be widely performed to correct varicose veins. Today, more modern techniques are successfully used for both varicose veins and spider veins, and most of them are minimally invasive. Some patients achieve the results they seek with sclerotherapy, some with laser treatments. Even if ambulatory phlebectomy is necessary, we use microincisions to conduct this procedure, minimizing tissue disruption and shortening recovery time.
Learn more about your options for varicose or spider vein treatment in our Columbia vein clinic. Call (803) 253-8667.