They happen when faulty valves in the veins allow blood to flow in the wrong direction or to pool.
More than 23 percent of all adults are thought to be affected by varicose veins. Approximately 1 in 4 adults in the United States is affected by varicose veins.
Varicose Vein Treatment:
If the patient has no symptoms or discomfort and is not bothered by the sight of the varicose veins, treatment might not be necessary. However, if there are symptoms, treatment may be required to reduce pain or discomfort, address complications, such as leg ulcers, skin discoloration, or swelling.
Some patients may also want treatment for cosmetic reasons – they want to get rid of the “ugly” varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat blood vessels or blood vessel malformations and also those of the lymphatic system. A medicine is injected into the vessels, which makes them shrink.
Trans-illuminated Powered Phlebectomy, or the TriVex system, is a reliable and minimally invasive approach to the removal of varicose veins. The TriVex system requires only a few small incisions, through which the surgeon passes a light source that allows visualization of the veins. A scoping device is passed through a second small incision, through which the abnormal veins are removed. It is performed under general or light anesthesia, and patients are discharged the same day and typically require only a brief recovery.