Varicose Veins: Are they more than a cosmetic concern?
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The Oregon Clinic
Varicose veins are a unique vascular condition that, if left untreated, can also have serious health consequences, such as permanent skin damage and weeping sores around the foot and ankle. Fortunately, minimally invasive techniques have improved vein treatment options dramatically in recent years.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are swollen veins in which contents are stagnant or refluxing. When the valves in veins fail, blood can accumulate under pressure, engorging and distorting the veins. This can result in aching, tired, and swollen legs. These veins can also cause muscle cramps and a general restlessness in the legs.
How common are varicose veins?
Approximately half of the U.S. suffers from varicose veins—50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men.
What are the risk factors for varicose veins?
What are my treatment options?
The surgeons at The Oregon Clinic are board-certified specialists in correcting and diminishing varicose and spider veins. Utilizing the best in minimally invasive practices, they perform corrective procedures in a comfortable office environment.
Some of the minimally invasive treatment options at The Oregon Clinic include: