Varicose Veins

Varicose veins affect about 15% of men and 25% of women in the United States. Although you may think that varicose veins are simply an inevitable side effect of aging, they can cause serious discomfort and physical changes if left untreated. Fortunately, the varicose vein specialists at Vein Center of Northwest Georgia offer a number of exciting removal treatments that can help.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are swollen veins that usually occur in the legs, although they can appear other places in the body. An increase in pressure and backup of blood in these veins create a blue or purple appearance. The swelling of the veins can cause a rope like appearance along the thighs, legs, ankles and feet.

While this condition is commonly thought to be a cosmetic issue, they can cause pain and discomfort as they worsen over time. Without varicose vein treatment, you may experience:

  • Aching or heaviness in your legs
  • Burning, throbbing or muscle cramping
  • Swelling of feet and legs
  • Itching around the site of the varicose vein
  • Skin ulcers near your ankle
  • Darkening or hyper-pigmentation around ankles

If you notice skin ulcers and hyper-pigmentation around the ankles, you should contact a varicose vein specialist immediately.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins appear when the valves in your veins responsible for keeping blood from flowing back into the legs become defective. It’s not exactly clear what causes these valves to malfunction, but age, hormones, weight, injury and prolonged standing seem to affect the risk for developing varicose veins. Varicose veins are most likely to develop in women in their 30s and 40s. The specific cause of a varicose vein may be determined at a varicose vein clinic through the use of an ultrasound.

Varicose Vein Removal

If you suffer from varicose veins and are concerned about appearance or physical discomfort, you may benefit from varicose vein therapy options. Varicose vein removal procedures include vein stripping, tying off the vein in the groin, or using a laser or radiofrequency ablation to burn the varicose vein away. The┬ávaricose vein specialists at Atlanta’s Vein Center of Northwest Georgia can help you determine which treatment option is best for you depending on the severity and cause of your varicose veins and get you the results you want to see.

Dr. John T. Perry offers varicose vein removal to patients in the Cartersville, Calhoun, Rome, Acworth, and Woodstock area. The staff at the varicose vein clinic will help you evaluate your treatment options and discuss whether varicose vein removal is right for you. You may also discuss lifestyle changes you can make to improve your symptoms.