DO YOUR VEINS LOOK LIKE CANDY CANES?
If you are feeling like your leg veins look like candy canes and you can’t wear those cute winter boots or you don’t want to go to the christmas party because you know how bad your legs will ache from the standing and sitting. You may have a vein condition that needs treatment. Here at the Alpha Vein Clinic Las Vegas we can make your leg and vein pains a thing of the past.
What are the symptoms?
Varicose veins look dark blue, swollen, and twisted under the skin. Some people do not have any symptoms. Mild symptoms may include:
- Heaviness, burning, aching, tiredness, or pain in your legs. Symptoms may be worse after you stand or sit for long periods of time.
- Swelling in your feet and ankles.
- Itching over the vein.
More serious symptoms include:
- Leg swelling.
- Swelling and calf pain after you sit or stand for long periods of time.
- Color changes.
- Dry, thinned skin.
- Open sores, or you may bleed after a minor injury.
Varicose veins are common and usually aren’t a sign of a serious problem. But in some cases, varicose veins can be a sign of a blockage in the deeper veins called deep vein thrombosis. If you have this problem, you may need treatment for it.
Veins are blood vessels that return deoxygenated blood from the outer parts of the body back to the heart and lungs. When veins become abnormally thick, full of twists and turns, or enlarged, they are called varicose vein. This happens most commonly in the veins in the legs and thighs.
- The thickened, twisting or dilated parts of the vein are called varicosities.
- Varicose veins can form anywhere in the body, but they are most often located in the legs.
- Varicose veins tend to be inherited, and become more prominent as a person ages.
Veins in the leg are either superficial or deep:
- The superficial veins and their branches are close to the skin. Also included in this category are the communicator or perforator veins, which connect the superficial veins with the deep veins.
- The deep veins are encased by muscle and connective tissue, which help to pump the blood in the veins and back to the heart. The veins have one-way valves to prevent them from developing varicosities.
- Generally, blood travels from the superficial veins to the deep veins. From there, the blood travels through a network of larger veins back to the heart.
How is it treated?
Since the valves in the legs cannot be repaired, the only alternative is to reroute blood flow from the diseased veins to healthy veins. Traditionally, this has been done by surgically removing (stripping) the troublesome vein from your leg. The Radiofrequency procedure or Clarivein, however, provides a less invasive alternative to vein stripping by simply closing the diseased vein. Once the diseased vein is closed, it becomes scar tissue and is eventually absorbed by the body.
Clinical evaluation by us here at the Alpha Vein Clinic and a venous duplex ultrasound are your next step. The vein mapping ultrasound defines which vessels are causing the problem and a treatment plan can be made specifically for you. Minimally invasive varicose vein treatments are available. You do not need to live with those candy cane veins anymore. Our Las Vegas area vein clinic is available to answer your questions. We can be reached at (702) 430 7661. Call us today to schedule your first appointment and get rid of those ugly veins for good!
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