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April 11, 2013Nearly 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from uncomfortable and unsightly varicose veins. Symptoms include:
Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth offers treatment options for spider veins and varicose veins that are more precise and less invasive, so there is no need to worry about those unsightly, uncomfortable veins.
- leg heaviness and fatigue
- swollen limbs
- skin changes
- skin ulcers
What causes varicose veins?
When a vein wall weakens or a valve begins to work incorrectly, or when recirculating blood that should be moving toward the heart actually moves away, blood can pool. Pressure can build up, causing veins to become twisted, enlarged and sometimes painful. This venous insufficiency is known as varicose or spider veins.
Contributing factors include: genetics, obesity, multiple pregnancies, trauma and/or a profession that requires standing for long periods of time. Varicose veins are also common in people over the age of 60. Veins that are cosmetically unappealing, cause pain or show other symptoms are prime candidates for treatment.
“Venous insufficiency or varicose veins are not just cosmetic issues.” says Brandon Kang, MD, pioneer in vein treatment at Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth. “If not properly treated, symptoms can progress and cause more serious medical problems.”
How can varicose veins be treated?
No two veins are the same and treatment options are individually based. Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth offers both conservative and corrective treatments. Conservation includes compression stockings and leg elevation. Corrective methods include Sclerotherapy and the newest laser treatment, VenaCure EVLT.
In Sclerotherapy, a tiny needle is injected into the affected vein, delivering medication that irritates the lining of the vein. The vein collapses and is then reabsorbed.
The VenaCure EVLT laser vein treatment uses laser energy that pulses through the vein, causing the vein to collapse and seal shut. This minimally invasive procedure takes less than 45 minutes and can be performed in the physician’s office. The results are more than 95 percent effective.
“Laser treatment of varicose veins has revolutionized vein treatment and is quickly becoming the standard of care,” says Kang. “This procedure is safe, quick, very effective, and virtually painless and requires minimal recovery time. There is no large incision, so there is no scarring.”
To schedule a free consultation, which includes an ultrasound examination, call 678-304-7008. Use code EVLT when you schedule your appointment.