Varicose Veins Treatment in Phoenix, Arizona
With many years of extensive vascular experience, the highly trained vascular surgeons at Western Vascular Institute specialize in diagnosing & treating varicose disease. Western Vascular Institute’s three conveniently located service centers house the most advanced & innovative surgery centers & diagnostic imaging capabilities for our valued patients. We will help discover the best treatment plan for you and your lifestyle. For more information, schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons, at one of our locations in Phoenix, Arizona.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose Veins are more than just a cosmetic issue. These large bulging and gnarled veins can cause pain as well as blood clots, skin ulcers, and other serious problems. Our body has a system of veins that carry blood from the body tissues back to your heart. Once in the heart, the blood is sent to the lungs to be oxygenated then delivered to arteries which take this oxygen-rich blood again throughout your body. When the system of valves within the veins become “incompetent” and no longer push the blood upward toward your heart blood begins to pool within the vein. Because many veins are near the surface of the skin the pooling of blood creates visibly full veins that push outward creating the Varicose Veins.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins that are not able to work properly against gravity and push the blood back up to the heart. This inability of veins to function properly is called venous insufficiency and is the main problem behind varicose veins. There are several potential causes for Varicose Veins and risk factors that an individual may be more likely to get them.
What Are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of Varicose Veins can be pain in the legs, itching, swelling, burning, leg heaviness or tiredness, & skin discoloration. Generally, symptoms worsen throughout the day (especially in hot temperatures) when individuals are standing and the veins are having difficulty pumping the blood back to the heart.
How are Varicose Veins Diagnosed?
Will be done during a physical examination while standing with a vascular surgeon. The physicians of Western Vascular Institute will also request that you have a Doppler ultrasound scan to check the blood flow in the superficial and deep veins.
How are Varicose Veins Treated?
Conservative management –allowing the patient/surgeon to receive their desired outcomes by changing lifestyle to include:
• Patient training
• Weight loss
• Elevating your legs
• Avoiding long periods of standing or sitting
• Compression stockings
Sclerotherapy – liquid chemical injected to shut down the incompetent varicose vein
RF ablation – A slight incision is made near the varicose vein where a small tube called a catheter is threaded into the vein and heat is applied via radio waves to close off the vein.
Phlebectomy – A small incision is made and the varicose veins are removed.
The highly trained vascular surgeons at Western Vascular will help discover the best treatment option for your varicose veins. For more information, call (480) 668-5000 to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons, at one of our locations in Phoenix, Arizona.