What to Know About Varicose Veins and Metro Vein Centers
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are the cluster of swollen veins that appear near the surface of the skin. Another name for varicose veins is biker’s veins. This name is used to reference the large number of bikers that gain varicose veins over their career.
Varicose veins appear when the vein walls collapse as a result of irregular blood flow. Bikers commonly develop varicose veins due to long hours of bending the knees. This restricts blood flow from the upper to the lower half of the leg.
This causes pressure to build up in the blood vessels. In some cases, blood rushes backward when the veins are no longer in a restricted position and this causes the valves to expand past their limits. This gives the veins a stretched appearance.
Despite their appearance, varicose veins are generally benign. There are some less common cases that do require medical treatment. Generally, there are no symptoms that accompany varicose veins in the benign case. Symptoms such as pain and limited mobility usually accompany an underlying condition.
It is estimated that 60% of American adults are affected by varicose veins in some way. Varicose veins can appear for many reasons. A hereditary component may be responsible for the appearance of varicose veins.
What are the common symptoms of varicose veins?
Varicose veins commonly appear around the lower back, behind the knees, and around the legs. These areas of the body are subject to a lot of stress. Vigorous activities can increase the risk of varicose veins over time.
Benign symptoms of varicose veins include prominent dark blue or purple blood vessels. This change in appearance occurs because the veins are closer to the surface of the skin. The light that is reflected from the veins appears as a blue color.
There may be mild swelling around the ankles. A throbbing pain around the affected areas may persist with long periods of standing.
Treatment should be considered if the quality of life diminishes. Pain accompanying varicose veins can worsen if left untreated. Depending on the severity, simple home remedies and daily exercise can alleviate symptoms of varicose veins.
What are the possible options for treatment?
The simplest and cheapest option is a lifestyle change. Varicose veins may sometimes form as the result of a sedentary lifestyle. Sitting down too much can result in muscle atrophy. This can cause the veins to weaken and lose elasticity.
Daily walks can push back the risk of varicose veins by several decades. However, fitness must be a lifestyle. This means that fitness and exercise must become an integral part of life. Simple exercises can benefit the body in numerous ways. The most efficient way to integrate fitness is to find an enjoyable hobby.
For more serious cases, a visit to a vein center may be needed. A vein doctor can offer the best course of action. This may be a medical or surgical procedure.
Sclerotherapy is a common surgical procedure to treat varicose veins. The procedure uses a liquid chemical that is injected into the affected vein. Treatments are typically performed every four or six weeks.
Laser surgery is a noninvasive surgery. This means that are no incisions or injections. A laser is used to collapse the vein and restore blood flow.
What should you know about Metro Vein Center?
Metro Vein Center specializes in a variety of vein conditions. Their offices are in Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Noninvasive surgeries are used to treat varicose veins. There is a wide range of surgeons that can offer a personalized plan for every patient.