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.
At Miami Vein Center, we offer multiple treatment options for varicose veins.
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.
Varicose Vein Illustration
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 can also be found in the abdominal area leading to Pelvic Congestion Syndrome.
Bulging veins are a common symptom 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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.