Up to 35% of people in America have varicose veins, meaning millions are living with leg pain, tiredness, itching, and other disruptive issues. At Park Slope Medical Office, PC in New York City, skilled vascular surgeon Anjan Rau, MD, and the team offer comprehensive varicose vein care, from vascular studies and diagnosis to leading-edge treatments. Call the office in Park Slope, Brooklyn, or Jackson Heights, Queens, or click online scheduling today.
Varicose veins are bulging, twisted, and knotty veins that commonly develop in the legs. They often cause leg pain, itching, tiredness, and heaviness. Varicose veins are common, affecting up to a third of the country, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery.
Varicose veins develop when vein valves weaken or suffer damage. The job of the vein valves is to push blood upward so it can return to your heart for recirculation.
Damaged or weak vein valves can't do their job, so the blood leaks back into the veins. When blood accumulates, it causes a vein to become varicose (swollen) and protrude from the skin.
Valve problems can develop due to many factors, such as:
When you come to Park Slope Medical Office, PC, for your vascular evaluation, your provider carefully inspects your veins, reviews your medical history, and discusses your symptoms to help determine what factors contributed to your varicose veins.
A vascular study, including a color Doppler ultrasound, allows the team to precisely identify your varicose veins and their connecting veins.
Fortunately, there are many effective treatments for varicose veins today. Some of the in-office, nonsurgical treatments the Park Slope Medical Office, PC team may recommend are:
Many people with varicose veins also develop spider veins, so the team can recommend procedures to treat those unwanted veins. The Excel® V vascular laser is a popular option, which uses targeted light energy to treat spider veins and other vascular and pigmented lesions.
After treatment, changing your lifestyle can help you prevent new varicose veins. The team might recommend a plan that includes eating healthy, losing weight, exercising regularly, and tracking your hormone levels to help you take charge of your vascular health in the future.
Call Park Slope Medical Office, PC, or click the online scheduler today to learn more about varicose vein treatments with no downtime.