Treating Your Varicose Veins
- Posted on: Nov 15 2017
In Reno, we don’t have to deal with many moles. It’s not like in the Midwest, where moles can make a system of raised paths across your lawn. But in Reno (and everywhere else, for that matter), we have to deal with varicose veins, and they leave much the same telltale signs. But they leave them on your legs, not your lawn.
Varicose veins can be quite visually striking, pushing up the outer skin on large sections of the underlying veins. They are one of the more unwelcome signs of aging.
At Nevada Vein and Vascular, we use microphlebectomy to remove varicose veins, both for cosmetic reasons and to remove potential risks of damaged veins.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are similar to spider veins (the tiny purple and blue squiggly lines on your legs) but on a larger scale. The cause is the same.
The veins have to transport de-oxygenated blood back up to the heart. The veins are usually pushing against gravity. When a vein functions improperly, the blood can pool, forming a varicose vein. Veins have one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing backward. When these valves fail, blood begins to collect in the veins rather than continuing upward toward the heart. The veins enlarge and push upward, making a bulge on the skin. This can happen when the valve fails, and also if the vein walls weaken and allow blood to pool rather than squeezing it onward through the vein. Another contributor is weakening muscles and other tissues that support the veins. When these tissues are stronger in our youth, they help push the blood efficiently through the veins. But as, the tissues weaken, they provide less help to the veins, sometimes allowing pooling.
Why are varicose veins usually on the legs?
Most varicose veins form on the legs, especially the calves. This is because these veins are the farthest from the heart, and they are the most affected by the forces of the gravity.
How is microphlebectomy done?
At Nevada Vein and Vascular, we perform our phlebectomies as outpatient procedures. The procedure only takes 45 minutes to an hour. Together, Dr. Albright or Dr. Dixon and you will identify the veins to be removed. Next we inject a local anesthetic at the vein site. This ensures you’ll feel nothing during the procedure. We then make a tiny incision in the target area and insert a tiny surgical hook. The hook snares the vein, and it is extracted section by section until the varicose vein is gone. Veins are collapsible, so it is easy to pull them out through tiny incisions that are so small they often don’t require a stitch. Once the vein is removed, the body instantly routes any blood into surrounding healthy veins, so the function is not impaired in the least.
Following your microphlebectomy, we’ll have you wear compression stockings for up to two weeks during waking hours. This helps to minimize swelling.
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