Varicose veins are one of the most common venous conditions in the legs, affecting as many as 40% of women and 25% of men. Vascular surgeons Steven Heird, MD, FACS, and David Winand, MD, FACS, treat varicose veins at Advanced Vein & Laser Center locations in York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. To find relief from painful or bothersome varicose veins, call or book an appointment online today.
Varicose veins are twisted, bulging veins that often appear on the legs. This problem occurs when the valves inside your blood vessels malfunction and allow blood to pool in the veins.
When these valves weaken and cease to function, blood flows backward and collects in your veins. This causes the veins to become enlarged and varicose.
Any vein can become varicose, and anyone can develop varicose veins. However, women are more likely to get varicose veins due to hormonal changes that relax the blood vessel walls. Other factors that increase your risk of varicose veins include:
Additionally, people with occupations that require standing or sitting for long periods of time, like a teacher or professional driver, are more susceptible to varicose veins. Your blood doesn’t flow as well if you remain in the same position for long periods, so remaining active reduces your risk.
Varicose veins are usually easy to recognize by their distinct appearance. However, varicose veins can also occur deeper beneath the skin where you can’t see them. You may have varicose veins if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:
If left untreated, these symptoms often worsen and may lead to serious problems such as blood clots or venous stasis ulcers.
First, Dr. Heird or Dr. Winand performs a physical exam and thoroughly evaluates your veins. Then, they recommend the best treatment for your particular condition. Dr. Heird at AVLC in York and Dr. Winand at the Lancaster location offer the following treatments for varicose veins:
Both of these treatments are done right in the AVLC office under local anesthesia. They involve minimal pain and a recovery time of about one day. Afterward, you wear compression socks for a few days or weeks, depending on the treatment you get.
To learn more about varicose vein treatments, call Advanced Vein & Laser Center or book an appointment online.