Summer Is Almost Over!

Well, we’ve almost made it through another summer in here in Georgia but shorts weather is far from over with warm temperatures lingering until October here in the south. So tell me, did you get those unsightly spider and varicose veins treated this year or did you put it off again?  Procrastinating a potentially expensive treatment or procedure is easier to justify when we think it’s just a cosmetic improvement but did you know those blue and purple veins can be a sign of a more serious condition?

Spider veins (those tiny little squiggles) and varicose veins (those larger bluish veins below the skin and the bulging ones, too) can be a symptom of Venous Insufficiency.  Simplified, this means that the veins and valves in your legs have been over stretched and no longer function as they should to move blood out of your legs and back to your heart. This results in increased pressure on the venous system, reflux of deoxygenated blooddownward and the stagnation of cellular waste in your legs. No wonder its uncomfortable!  Some common causes for this are genetics (“my mom had these veins”), prolonged standing (teachers, cashiers, factory workers, nurses, etc)pregnancy, and athletics. Once the “stretching” occurs, there is no real way for these veins to snap back into place. Compression socks and stockings can help support the veins (like Spanx for your legs) but there is no evidence that this will reverse the condition - and they look terrible with shorts!

Other symptoms of venous insufficiency include:

• Itching, flaking skin
• Numbness and tingling

While we cant change genetics or the past, the good news is that venous insufficiency can be managed very successfully with vein closure.  Current treatment options not only improve and often eliminate symptoms but they also can result in a much-improved appearance of the legs, ankles and feet.  The treatments are also pain free and require no downtime leaving your vacation days free to show off your vacation ready legs!

Even better news? Because venous insufficiency is a medical condition, most procedures to correct the problem are covered by insurance. If you have visible veins and are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, you owe it to yourself to come in for a consultation and thorough evaluation.  During your appointment, we will examine your legs, document your symptoms, schedule any needed imaging and discuss treatment options. We will also submit our findings to your insurance company for approval prior to any procedures so there are no surprises!

Please don’t hesitate to call our office for any questions or to schedule your consultation.

 

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