Varicose veins are painful, bulging, and unsightly veins that often appear in the legs, ankles, and feet. They are generally not a health threat, but in some cases, if not treated, the weakened vein can lead to health complications such as ulceration, discoloration of the skin, and possible chronic venous insufficiency (veins that are unable to pump enough blood back to the heart). Varicose veins can also indicate deeper vein problems, including thrombosis and blockages.
Many genetic, health, and lifestyle conditions produce varicose veins, including weight fluctuations, pregnancy, long periods of sitting or standing, and injury to the legs. They can appear under the skin, look blue or purple, and produce symptoms such as itching, heaviness in the legs, and swelling.
At the Fairfax Vein Center, our experienced physicians will find the best treatment for your situation by performing a complete exam. They will explain the various options for treating your varicose veins, which may include VenaCure™ (endovenous ablation), ambulatory phlebectomy (microphlebectomy), or sclerotherapy. Let our vein specialists give you the peace of mind that comes with excellent medical care.
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Healthy valves close completely to create proper flow
Failing valves allow backflow leading to varicose veins.