Varicose veins are an irritating condition that impacts men and women of all ages, all over the world. The veins occur when weakened or damaged valves are unable to pump blood back toward the heart, so it pools in place. That pooled blood makes the veins swell to the point where they can be seen from outside the skin. A common and highly successful treatment for varicose veins is called vein ablations. During this surgery, the varicose vein is closed off using a laser and the body instinctively redirects blood flow to a different, healthier vein.
Vein ablations are a powerful tool that help eliminate some of the following symptoms of varicose veins.

Visible Veins
We’ve already mentioned the appearance of varicose veins, and although this is not a primary medical concern, it is a primary issue and frustration for many patients. Varicose veins are ugly and can make it difficult for patients to feel comfortable in their clothes and in their own skin. And, in addition to the veins themselves, the venous insufficiency which causes varicose veins can also cause a condition called Hemosiderin staining, or discoloration of the skin around the lower portion of the leg. Both of these issues can be treated with vein ablations.

Leg Discomfort
Outside of the aesthetic reasons for treating varicose veins with vein ablations, the most common symptoms are related to the physical discomfort that these veins can cause. Patients often complain of an array of sensations ranging from aching and throbbing, to swelling and even itching. This discomfort occurs because the veins become so engorged with blood that the stretch and swell. In many patients, the pain can be relieved by elevating the legs or wearing compression garments, but these are only temporary measures.

Serious Complications
Some of the more serious issues that can occur in patients with varicose veins are the ulcers and blood clots that can form. These ulcers occur because of the pressure that builds up as blood continues to pool in the veins and eventually breaks through the skin. While these symptoms can be treated and in many cases relieved, it is not uncommon for them to return. Without serious intervention from a cardiologist, these complications can cause more significant leg problems for the patient.

There are many reasons why someone would elect to have their varicose veins treated. And while those reasons range in severity, the vein ablation procedure is an excellent tool for eliminating troublesome veins and returning the patient to their optimal level of health and comfort. You don’t have to live with varicose veins any longer, give us a call to learn more about how we can treat them safely and effectively.