VARICOSE VEINS OVERVIEW
LEG PAIN AND HEAVINESS SLOWING YOU DOWN?
YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE WITH VARICOSE VEINS AND LEG PAIN!
Do your legs feel heavy, achy and tired?
Have you stopped leading an active lifestyle because of leg pain?
Are you having difficulty sleeping at night from leg pain or restless legs?
Are you embarrassed by bulging varicose veins or unsightly skin discoloration on your legs?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone! You may be suffering with venous reflux disease, which causes the bulging, painful varicose veins, tired, achy legs and skin discoloration.
While varicose veins are very common, affecting approximately 25-30% of the U.S. population, many men and women are unaware that they can be successfully treated with the latest minimally invasive technologies. At Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute, Dr. Robert Cutchen specializes in advanced outpatient technologies to treat varicose veins. Many of the treatments Dr. Cutchen uses are quick, easy, and don’t require much downtime or a long recovery period.
If you are tired of suffering with varicose veins and achy legs and want to be active again and show off your legs, contact Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute for a comprehensive vein evaluation with Dr. Cutchen.
WHAT ARE VARICOSE VEINS?
Superficial Venous Insufficiency of the Lower Extremities
Leg veins are responsible for carrying blood up and out of the legs, back to the heart, against the pull of gravity. Varicose veins are superficial veins that have lost their ability to appropriately carry blood up and out of the leg, thus allowing the blood to flow backward toward the feet. Also known as venous insufficiency or venous reflux, this is a result of broken valves inside the veins. Once a vein has become varicose, it won’t go back to normal and should be treated if causing symptoms.
Venous Reflux can be a serious medical condition. If left untreated, severe vein disease can ultimately lead to:
- Chronic leg pain and swelling
- Eczema-type symptoms, skin thickening and discoloration
- Ulcerations that won’t heal until the veins are treated
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CAUSES OF VARICOSE VEINS?
Am I at risk for varicose veins?
More than 25% of the adult population suffers from varicose veins. Dr. Cutchen advises his patients that you are at a high risk of developing varicose veins if you have a family history of them. Heredity is the number one contributing factor, as a genetic tendency causes veins to dilate over time leading to valve failure. The greater this genetic tendency, the sooner it will happen. So regardless of treatment, if you have a strong hereditary predisposition, you may develop additional vein problems as time goes on. However, if effective treatment is given early in the course of the disease, complications can be prevented and symptoms relieved.
Women are more likely than men to suffer from abnormal leg veins. Risk factors for varicose veins include genetics, pregnancy, standing for long periods, and traumatic injury to the leg.
Sometimes varicose veins cause pain, blood clots, skin ulcers, or other problems. Learn more about:
- Diagnosing Varicose and Symptoms,
- Advanced Conditions
- Treatments at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute
Many treatments for varicose veins are quick and easy and don’t require a long recovery. Call, 505-848-VEIN today for your complimentary vein screening and to learn if your varicose vein treatment is covered by your health insurance.