Commonly Asked Questions About Varicose Veins
If you have questions about varicose veins in Bend, you’re not alone. Since over 20% of Americans experience varicose veins at some point in their lives, we’ve put together this guide of commonly asked questions so you can the answers you need from the doctors you trust.
Are Varicose Veins Dangerous to My Health?
They can be. Many people are told that varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue, and some varicose veins may even be invisible because of the fat between your muscles and skin. Regardless of how visible your veins are, they can still cause symptoms such as swelling and throbbing in your legs. In a few cases, they can even cause skin damage and lead to blood clots.
In fact, a significant percentage of patients who have varicose veins do eventually develop symptoms that go well beyond cosmetics. The most common symptoms of varicose veins include heaviness, throbbing, cramping, dull achiness, and swelling of the legs. Some patients also experience severe dryness and itchiness on the skin near these veins.
People with varicose veins are additionally at an increased risk for developing a dangerous type of blood clot known as deep vein thrombosis. Other less common symptoms found in less than 10% of patients can include bleeding, skin thickening and discoloration, and ulcer formation. Once you have skin damage, it’s often permanent. That’s why it’s important to seek medical advice from your doctor as soon as you experience any symptoms.
How are Varicose Veins Treated?
There a number of different varicose vein treatments that can be used to lessen symptoms and prevent further damage. At CORA, we offer sclerotherapy, ambulatory microphlebectomy, and endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), to help relieve pain and reduce symptoms.
Our most popular treatment, endovenous ablation, has produced the same clinical benefits as conventional surgery with a significantly less invasive procedure. Endovenous ablation treatment has rapidly replaced the traditional saphenous vein stripping due to its minimal invasiveness and high success rates (84-93%). Endovenous ablation is also more effective in addressing the underlying pathophysiology of the condition. It is associated with less periprocedural morbidity so patients can recover faster than ever.
Treatment for Varicose Veins in Bend at Central Oregon Radiology Associates
The majority of CORA’s vein therapies are performed from the comfort of our clinic and have little or no procedural downtime. Our team always uses the latest and safest technology to treat varicose veins in Bend. Dr. Ugas tailors procedures to fit your specific symptoms to achieve the best clinical results possible. To learn more about varicose veins in Bend or schedule your appointment, please give us a call.