• What are veins?
  • What are spider veins?
  • What are varicose veins?
  • Why do people develop varicose veins?
  • What happens if varicose veins do NOT get treated?
  • How quickly can I return to normal activity after Endovenous Laser Therapy?
  • What kind of follow-up care will be provided?
  • Q: What are veins?
    A: We have two types of blood vessels: arteries and veins. Arteries bring blood away from the heart and veins deliver blood from all over the body back to the heart. While we have only one set of arteries, there are two sets of veins in our arms and legs: the deep system and superficial system. To overcome the force of gravity, inside the veins are one-way valves which open to allow the blood to flow towards the heart, and close to prevent "reflux" of blood back to the body. When these valves fail to function, blood can begin to pool in the vein and cause a variety of problems and complications.

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    Q: What are spider veins?
    A: Spider veins are small, thread-like colored veins that are most often seen on the surface of the skin. While many people seek treatment for spider veins for cosmetic reasons, spider veins also can result in substantial discomfort requiring therapy.

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    Q: What are varicose veins?
    A: Varicose veins are large, "rope-like" veins which are often 1/4" or larger in diameter. Varicose veins generally grow in size over time and can result in substantial pain and complications if not treated. Typical symtoms include: heaviness, pain, swollen legs, burning sensation, cramping, itching, dry skin, changes in skin color, ulcers and non-healing wounds. Varicose veins might lead to significant bleeding, clot formation and infection. In addition, there is association between the condition called "restless leg syndrome" and varicose veins.

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    Q: Why do people develop varicose veins?
    A: The single most important of vein disease is heredity. Approximately 70% of all patients with varicose veins have parents with a similar condition. Pregnancy, especially multiple pregnancies, is a contributing cause of vein disease. Other factors include age, obesity and jobs which require long periods of standing. If you're concerned how your legs look and feel, and preventive measures haven't stopped your condition from getting worse, it's time to seek medical attention. Timely consultation with a specialist prevent complications.

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    Q: What happens if varicose veins do not get treated?
    A: The varicose vein disease has natural tendency to progress. If left untreated it eventually leads to leg swelling. Swollen tissues stretch; overdrying the skin. Once the skin is overstretched, it breaks. Such areas of breaks with time evolve into ulcers. The ulcers can become infected and lead to other serious complications. Also, untreated varicosities can bleed and form clots inside of them.

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    Q: How quickly can I return to normal activity after Endovenous Laser Therapy?
    A: On the day of the procedure you are encouraged to take several short walks. The next day, you should be able to return to normal activity. After 1 day, you can resume normal activity include your normal exercise routine.

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    Q: What kind of follow-up care will be provided?
    A: You will be scheduled for a brief follow-up ultrasound one week after your procedure. One month later, you will be asked to return for any needed topical sclerotherapy.

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