Living in Southern California, we are all too familiar with the popularity of cosmetic surgery. From large invasive surgeries to small botox injections, we are inundated with people wanting to alter their appearance to achieve a more attractive look. And for many decades, varicose and spider veins were viewed in this same way: as cosmetic only. And while yes, the treatment of varicose veins will greatly improve the look of your skin, there are bigger concerns here that should not be ignored.
Varicose veins, or venous insufficiency, can actually lead to much larger, more serious problems. One of the biggest concerns with varicose veins is thrombosis, which is a clotting of the veins. If this continues to worsen, it can lead to DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) which is a clotting of deeper, larger veins, generally found in the legs. As you can imagine, this can result in more severe complications with your legs, skin, and circulatory system. Additionally, if let untreated, varicose veins can also lead to external bleeding from these damaged veins.
One of the main problems in the diagnosis and treatment of venous insufficiency is that all-too-often, the patient simply ignores the symptoms. The most common symptoms may include achy or swollen legs, itching, heaviness, throbbing and heat over the veins, and of course the visual indication of varicose veins. But many times, patients do not seek treatment because there is no “pain” attached to the symptoms. And the thinking is that if there is no pain, then there is no serious medical condition. But this is not necessarily the case. Even without great pain, those other symptoms are warning signs.
But just like with other medical conditions, the earlier a diagnosis is made, the earlier treatment can begin, and the greater the chance of preventing further complications. And the beauty of seeking treatment early is the simplicity and ease of the process. In the past, treatment of varicose veins was associated with uncomfortable compression socks and invasive “stripping” of the vein. But now a quick, painless injection or laser ablation can take care of the veins and have you back to your daily activities the same day.
If you were at risk or had symptoms of hypertension, diabetes, or high cholesterol, you would not think twice about seeking treatment. But nearly 35-40 million Americans are suffering from venous insufficiency. Don’t be one of the them who waits too long to heed the warning sings. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, be proactive in seeking treatment. It is no longer something to be afraid of. If you’d like to take advantage of one of our experienced and skilled doctors who perform all of the procedures themselves, don’t hesitate to contact us at 760-944-9263 or visit us at www.sdveininstitute.com.