Blood in healthy veins travels in a single direction, which is back towards the heart. When there is a weakness in the flow of blood caused by the vein valves, the blood leaks and falls back in the opposite direction creating a bulging varicose vein.
The vein responsible for varicose veins is the Great Saphenous Vein, located deep the inside the thigh.
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Failure of the Saphenous Vein causes a bulging varicose vein.
Where do Varicose Veins occur?
In the legs blood travels backward from the veins in the thigh and pools inside veins in the calf. This backwards blood flow causes veins to stretch, swell, and twist. Varicose veins may progress and cause threatening blood clots or large ulcers on the legs and ankles if left untreated.
- Legs (primarily lower)
Varicose Vein Illustration
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Symptoms of Varicose
Varicose veins are characterized by veins that appear twisted and bulging underneath the skin surface.
While most people who experience varicose may be asymptomatic, this vascular condition can cause the following symptoms:
- Varicose Veins
- Painful legs
- Tired or fatigued legs
- Superficial Phlebitis
- Reddening of skin
- Leg ulceration and sores
- Discoloration of the skin
Varicose Veins can also be found in the abdominal area leading to Pelvic Congestion Syndrome.
Bulging veins are a common symptom of Varicose Veins.
Causes of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are are caused by the leaking of blood in the Great Saphenous Vein, which pools in the lower leg and creates the bulging veins.
There are a variety of factors that attribute to the cause of varicose veins including:
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Jobs that require excessive standing or sitting
The illustration is of the posterior accessory saphenous vein, great saphenous vein and the small saphenous vein. The great saphenous vein is the primary cause of varicose veins.
Saphenous Vein Illustration
How are Varicose Veins Diagnosed?
The great saphenous vein is only visible with the aid of an ultrasound device, which means that all patients with bulging varicose veins should receive an ultrasound exam before treatment and diagnosis.
Types of Varicose Vein Treatment
Depending on the condition, location and severity of varicose veins, Dr. Almeida will recommend the least invasive treatment that provides the best results. Our current treatments include:
1. Conservative Method
The conservative method is done through the use of compression stockings and may involve lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise to slow the advance of vascular disease.
Conventional and Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy, where a medical solution is injected into affected veins, causing them to clot and be removed naturally by the body.
3. Endovenous Ablation
Endovenous Ablation uses ultrasound technology, a small catheter is inserted into the vein, where it is permanently sealed off using either laser or radiofrequency energy.
4. Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Ambulatory Phlebectomy is used to remove large varicose veins near the skin surface, small incisions are made to remove affected veins with small surgical tools.
What are the consequences when Varicose Veins are left untreated?
Symptoms that may occur when Varicose Veins are left untreated, develop when the bulging varicose veins do not allow the blood to circulate becoming stagnant leading to the development of:
Which Varicose Vein Treatment is Right for Me?
During your consultation, Dr. Almeida will assess your condition and the severity of your varicose veins as well as your overall health and medical history to determine which course of treatment is right for you.
Varicose Vein Surgeon
Depending on the condition, location and severity of varicose veins, Dr. Almeida will recommend the least invasive treatment that provides the best results.
Dr. Jose Almeida, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT is a veteran academic vascular surgeon who practices Endovascular Venous Surgery in the comfort and convenience of a private practice in Miami, FL.
Dr. Jose Almeida serves as Voluntary Professor of Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine, sits on the American Venous Forum Board of Directors, and is Chairman of the Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization Venous Quality Committee.
Why Choose Miami Vein Center for My Varicose Vein Treatment?
There are several locations to have varicose veins removed in Miami, but only Miami Vein Center features a vein specialist who will rule out underlying health problems before treating varicose veins. This is not only beneficial to your health, it is also helps prevent varicose veins from redeveloping in the future.
Contact Miami Vein Center today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Almeida and have your varicose veins diagnosed and treated accurately and professionally.