Varicose Veins

An estimated 20-25 million Americans suffer from varicose veins, affecting both women and men. Varicose veins appear as rope-like, twisted veins on the legs and are usually ¼ inch or larger in diameter. They are often blue or purple in color, and bulge outward from the skin’s surface. Varicose veins form as result of underlying venous reflux disease, a medical condition in which reversed blood flow pools downward toward the feet, increasing pressure in the leg and ankle, which is often quite painful. However, not all varicose veins are visible to the eye, therefore we use ultrasound examination to accurately detect the location and degree of reflux in your veins.

Varicose veins form when weakened vein walls and faulty vein valves that don’t close tightly enough to regulate the one-way flow of blood from your feet to your heart. Since the valves don’t function properly, gravity allows the blood to pool backward in the vein. Over time, the excess blood stretches and enlarges the vein walls causing congestion and discomfort.

Symptoms include:

• Heavy & fatigued legs
• Achiness & swelling in the problem area
• Itching
• Burning
• Numbness
• Restlessness

Risk Factors

Venous reflux disease is primarily a hereditary condition so there is an increased likelihood that you may develop varicose veins if others in your family have them too. Varicose leg veins often affect individuals whose professions require standing for extended periods of time, because prolonged standing increases the pressure on the veins in the lower extremities. Patients also become increasingly susceptible to developing varicose veins with age, as vein elasticity decreases over time, causing the valves to stretch and become weakened. Pregnancy is another factor linked to the development of varicose veins, because of the circulatory and hormonal changes the female body undergoes in response to the growing fetus. Obesity will also put strain on an already weakened area, contributing to symptomatic varicose veins.

Varicose Vein Treatment

Venefit™ Endovenous Targeted Therapy is a non-surgical, in office procedure that resolves venous reflux and varicose veins. Formerly known as the VNUS Closure™ procedure, Venefit uses radiofrequency heat to seal the diseased vein from within. This is a proven, FDA-cleared treatment that yields excellent results with high patient satisfaction.  Insurance plans such as private plans, Medicare and Medi-Cal typically cover medical treatment costs. Learn more about varicose vein treatment at Vein Specialist Center of Grass Valley.

Dr. Maldonado provides diagnostic services and will make a determination as to whether ultrasound is necessary upon initial consultation. Contact us at 866-990-2832 if you would like to schedule a consultation or have questions regarding your vein health.