Varicose Vein 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 from venous reflux disease, which causes the bulging, painful varicose veins, tired and 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 from 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?
Varicose veins occur when our veins aren’t functioning properly. Veins have one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing backward. When these valves fail, blood will begin to gather in the veins rather than continuing to your heart. Over time, the veins will become larger. Varicose veins typically are found in your legs. Leg veins are farthest away from your heart and these veins work against gravity making it harder for the blood to flow upward. Some potential causes of varicose veins include:
- Aging (over 50)
- Standing for long periods of time
- Family history 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
What are treatments for varicose veins?
Your individualized treatment plan begins with an accurate diagnosis of your vein condition. (See vein diagnosis and symptoms) Dr. Cutchen specifically designs and tailors your treatment plan based on the extent and severity of your specific venous condition. Some of the treatment options include:
- Conservative Vein Treatment
- EndoVenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
- Endovenous Chemical Ablation
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Your individualized treatment plan will be specifically designed and tailored to the extent and severity of your specific venous condition. Most patients require a combination of treatment options for the best possible results. A series of treatments over several appointments may be necessary, depending on the severity of your vein disease. Some procedures are performed under local anesthesia while others require none. Patients should return to normal activity immediately with minimal restrictions.
Learn more about the techniques Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute offers in Varicose Vein Treatment Options.
If you would like to learn more about Varicose Vein treatment, please call our office at 505-848-8346 today to schedule a consultation or fill out the form on this page and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly.