Painful, discolored, itchy, and ugly are just a few words used to describe varicose veins. Find out why you – and some members of your family – may have these twisted, enlarged superficial veins but other people do not. Richard W. Lee, M.D., board certified vascular surgeon, will talk about causes and treatment for varicose veins at a free seminar on Tuesday, September 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Women’s & Children’s Pavilion at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, 18220 State Highway 249. To register, call 281-737-2500.
Varicose veins are often dark blue in color and close to or raised above the surface of the skin. They are most often found on the back of the calves or inside of the leg, but also can occur anywhere from the groin to the ankle. People more likely to develop varicose veins have a family history of the condition, and are older, female or obese. Other factors that can contribute to the development of varicose veins include hormonal changes, pregnancy, prolonged periods of sitting or standing in one place, and trauma.
Symptoms of varicose veins are not just limited to large veins visible just under the surface of the skin. This condition also can cause mild swelling of the ankles and feet, “heavy” legs, throbbing or cramping in the legs, discolored skin around the varicose vein, and itchy legs around the ankles. If not treated, varicose veins could lead to dermatitis (an itchy rash), ulcer formation, pain, or a blood clot in the vein. Common treatment options range from compression garments and schlerotherapy (using a liquid chemical to close off a varicose vein), to endovenous ablation (using lasers or radiowaves to heat and close off the affected vein) and surgical vein stripping.
Physicians at the Vein Clinic at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital are leading the way in comprehensive vein treatment and offer a full range of treatments for venous disease. Treatment options include laser therapy, sclerotherapy, venous ablation, microphlebectomy, and many other higher level treatment options are available. For more information or an appointment for a comprehensive evaluation, please call 281-737-2500.