Affecting 40% of women and 18% of men in the U.S., varicose veins are a common yet painful condition that can easily be treated. Thought to be caused by conditions such as pregnancy, age and disease, modern advances in technology make treating varicose veins time efficient, safe and successful. Dr. Wright and his team at the St. Louis Vein Treatment Center are happy to offer a variety of treatment methods including sclerotherapy, EVLT and RFA. When you’re looking to explore treatment options, make sure to take advantage of a free consultation and begin finding a comprehensive solution and treatment plan made to fit your symptoms
There is a misconception amongst the general public that varicose veins are caused exclusively by standing too long or participating in extreme exercise activities. Still others believe they are simply a normal development that occurs with age. While there is some amount of truth behind the widely accepted theories, varicose veins are in fact caused by the development of disease in the major leg vein known as the greater saphenous vein.
Varicose Vein disease is not reserved older individuals. In fact, vein disease can affect patients as young as 20-years-old. Heredity is an important factor when predicting the onset of vein disease closely followed by gender and age. Women tend to suffer from varicose vein disease more frequently than their male counterparts. This is largely due to female hormones that affect vein walls, particularly during pregnancy when this effect is combined with an increase in blood pressure and volume in the veins. Age plays a role in the development of Varicose vein disease as it concerns vein elasticity. Over time, vein walls naturally loosen causing vein valves to become less effective.
The greater saphenous vein is the primary vessel in the superficial venous system. It runs from the groin to the ankle and connects to the deep vein system at a number of specific points known as perforator veins. The most common medical origin of varicose veins is recognized as reflux of the greater saphenous vein.
This greater web of veins contains a series of one-way valves that ensure blood flows in the direction of the heart. Reflux refers to the failure of these valves to properly direct blood flow. Instead of moving towards the heart, faulty valves allow blood to flow backwards and pool within the walls of the veins in the lower legs. This ultimately causes blue, bulging and painful veins referred to as varicose veins.
For those suffering from varicose reflux disease, there are some important lifestyle factors to keep in mind as a way of slowing the development of adverse symptoms. Obesity, prolonged periods of standing and physical trauma are all factors that increase the effects of vein reflux disease. While they do not cause the condition, they can provoke its progressive development. Small changes in lifestyle can make a big difference for those looking to reduce symptomatic effects of vein reflux disease.
Once an individual recognizes his or her condition as Varicose vein disease, it may be necessary to seek treatment as a way to permanently remove problematic veins. Fortunately, there are a number of highly efficient, safe and successful methods available for treating vein disease that don’t require an extensive hospital stay and ensure a quick recovery. A preliminary consultation allows patients to work alongside their attending physician to develop a personalized and comprehensive treatment plan that takes surface-level veins as well as deeper branches of veins into consideration. Treatment options range from laser-based approaches to ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, but the common denominator is a painless and time-efficient procedure for each and every patient.
These out-patient procedures are performed right in the comfort of the physician’s office and generally take less than an hour to complete. Patients can expect to walk out of the office unassisted and resume daily activities within a matter of hours. Often needing no more than a simple bandage to cover the site of procedural injection, there’s no need to worry about changing dressings or sticking to downtime for a full recovery. Additionally, many patients find that their vein treatment services are covered by their insurance company due to the fact that many of these treatments are connected to underlying symptomatic venous issues. Make sure to check with your insurance and see if your plan covers the cost of vein care.
Dr. Wright is the leading vein specialist in St. Louis and his minimally invasive varicose vein treatments are designed to help patients through the comfortable removal of problematic veins. Modern advances in technology mean there’s no reason for patients to suffer through the symptoms of vein disease. Schedule a consultation today to start discussing your treatment plan at a vein specialist in St. Louis.