COULD YOUR LEG PAIN BE VARICOSE VEINS?

legpain2Do you have aching, painful or restless legs, heaviness, swollen ankles or cramping? Do you avoid physical activities because of leg pain? If so, you could have varicose veins. More than half of all women and about 45 percent of men will suffer from varicose vein disease in their lifetime. Heredity is the number one risk factor for varicose veins but other risk factors include a sedentary lifestyle, weight gain, prolonged standing or sitting and pregnancy.

Vein disorders are not always visible to the naked eye. An examination and diagnostic ultrasound by a qualified physician to determine the cause and severity of your vein problems is needed. State-of-the-art corrective treatments to eliminate varicose veins include endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and sclerotherapy or ultrasound guided sclerotherapy With these procedures there is minimal downtime and no sedation so patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately.

EVLA, the gold standard for varicose vein treatment, eliminates the abnormal saphenous vein, which is the source of most varicose vein issues. Using ultrasound technology, a thin laser fiber is guided into the vein through a very small opening to deliver energy to the diseased vein wall, causing the vein to close and eliminating backward blood flow.

Sclerotherapy is a treatment in which a tiny needle is used to inject veins with a medication that irritates the inner lining of the vein and causes it to close. Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy uses ultrasound technology to locate the veins below the surface of the skin while the medication is injected. This procedure is often used in combination with EVLA.

There is no way to completely prevent varicose veins but if you watch your weight, exercise regularly, eat a diet high in fiber and low in salt and wear compression stockings, you will decrease your risk for venous disease.

For more information, you may contact The VEIN Specialists at 309-862-4000, located at 3302 Gerig Drive, Suite 100 in Bloomington or use this form to Contact Us.