Treatment options for varicose veins

Question: What are the treatment options in varicose veins?

Answer: Vein disease of the legs is a common disorder that looks bad, feels bad, and can result in dangerous medical conditions (stasis ulcers and blood clots). The appearance of your legs however is not a reliable guide to the extent of venous disease.

Swelling, for example, has many causes and a proper diagnosis must be established by Duplex Ultrasound mapping before any therapy is started. Also the size of the visible veins is not a reliable indicator of the severity of the condition. Symptoms are experienced and venous tests are abnormal long before any abnormal veins are visible. Some of the early symptoms that are associated with vein disease include night cramps, tired heavy legs, restless leg syndrome and skin changes (as in redness, burning and itching). The unsightly appearance of bulging veins is a late finding, and indicates that immediate evaluation is important. The sooner this process is reversed, the better. Never wait until there is an ulcer, phlebitis, or blood clots.

Recently, the treatment options for diseased veins has evolved from radical vein stripping (requiring hospital stay, general anesthesia and prolonged bed rest), to simple in office procedures that require essentially no down time, and have been remarkably effective.

At the Ashton Vein Center, you will meet the most experienced staff of professionals that are highly skilled in the diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of all vein conditions of the legs. Dr. Thomas Ashton, MD, FACPh, has performed more than 5,000 venous laser cases, and has taught these procedures to hundreds of physicians. Our team is dedicated to achieving superior results in today’s most advanced methods of effective treatments.