Understanding Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are a common problem for millions of people all over the country. Not only are they unsightly, but they can also cause uncomfortable symptoms that make it difficult for you to stand or walk. Fortunately, effective treatments for varicose veins are available.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are abnormal veins that develop most often in the legs. They are usually bluish or purplish in color, and they may be swollen or raised above the surface of the skin. In some cases, these veins are merely a cosmetic concern. However, many patients experience other symptoms, such as burning, tingling, weakness, cramping, throbbing, restlessness and swelling. For most patients, these symptoms will be worse after standing for a long period of time.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Venous reflux is the usual cause of varicose veins. This condition occurs when the valves the control blood flow in the legs stop working properly. This causes blood to collect in the area, which leads to the swelling of the vein.

What Treatments are Available?

At the Bridgeport Vein Center, we offer two primary types of treatment for varicose veins: The Closure, or Venefit, Procedure and ambulatory phlebectomy.

The Venefit Procedure

During the Venefit procedure, varicose veins are treated with radiofrequency energy. This energy, which is delivered directly into the wall of the vein, causes it to close. Blood is then redirected into healthier veins, and the symptoms associated with the treated vein disappear. This procedure is minimally invasive and requires very little recovery time. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities on the same day.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy procedures result in the surgical removal of varicose veins from the body. During this procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions in the skin and pulls the diseased vein through the incision using a small hook. Postoperative pain is minimal, and stitches are not usually required.

Varicose veins can impact your life in many ways. If you are interested in learning more about varicose veins or either of these treatment options, please contact the Bridgeport Vein Center to make an appointment.