Spider veins and varicose veins can have a detrimental effect on your appearance as well as causing severe discomfort. Some varicose veins may be symptomatic of a more significant underlying illness like a blood clot or open sores.
However, Dr. Tonie Reincke from the Detroit branch of the Metro Vein Centers indicates that treatment can help reduce the symptoms of varicose veins. Some procedures are minimally invasive, while others can help reduce the pain or fatigue caused by the complications of the damaged veins.
Why We Get Visible Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are damaged veins, as are spider veins. Since veins have a one-way valve, they are more susceptible to becoming damaged when they are weakened. Healthy veins push the blood back to the heart through the valve. But if those veins or the valves weaken, blood will begin to flow back through. This causes the blood to start accumulating in the vein.
When there is extra blood in the vein, there is an extraordinary pressure that the vein isn’t used to, resulting in damage. The vein walls begin to bulge as they weaken, resulting in varicose veins.
There are some people who are at a higher risk of developing damaged veins. It is partly hereditary. If you have a blood relative who has varicose veins, you are more at risk of developing them.
People who work at a desk are also more likely to develop varicose veins because they sit for long periods throughout their lives. Those who are pregnant and older are also more likely to develop them.
How to Treat Varicose Veins
The vein doctor suggests that most treatment can range from a very minimally invasive solution like self-care to minor surgery. Treatment does not necessarily require a long hospital stay or a long recovery. They are typically treated on an outpatient basis.
One of the easiest ways to get healthier veins is to ensure you are living a healthy lifestyle. First and foremost, you should be exercising and eating a healthy diet. It is important not to be overweight or wearing tight clothes. If you can avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time, you can reduce the pain of varicose veins.
Compression stockings are also an easy way to take care of yourself and your veins. Compression stockings help promote circulation and encourage the blood to move through the leg muscles more efficiently. The compression you need depends on the type and brand of compression socks you buy.
Unfortunately, sometimes self-care isn’t enough. That’s where the vein doctor at centers like Metro Vein Centers come in.
Radiofrequency Ablation is one of the treatments they provide to reduce the painful and unseemly varicose veins. This treatment uses radio waves to treat the deepest cause of varicose veins, in an attempt to prevent them from returning.
It is a simple, one-hour procedure that only requires a couple of hours to recover from. It is almost always covered by insurance.
If you are past the point of self-care and you are looking for treatment options, Metro Vein Centers is a great place to get started.
Dr. Tonie Reincke has been board-certified and has more than 10 years of experience treating varicose veins. She completed her Radiology Residency at the Detroit Medical Center through an Interventional Radiology Fellowship.
In her decade of experience, Dr. Tonie Reincke has completed thousands of venous procedures and she has even trained other physicians. She received 2017 Best of Vein Doctor award from Living Magazine.
She believes it is important to focus on caring for the patient in a holistic manner to get to the bottom of the venous disease, treating the source as well as the symptoms.