Whether it’s a quick trip to Florida or an extended vacation to the French Riviera, you’ll probably want to wear a bathing suit this winter. And if you’ve stayed out of shorts this summer because of varicose veins, it’s really time to consider treatment – to not only look better, but also to feel better.
Varicose veins can range from smaller spider veins to gnarled, bulging knots that have the potential to become ulcers or form stroke-causing blood clots. Varicose veins can be practically painless, cause itching and redness, or cause deep aching. Once varicose veins appear, no matter how small, there is no non-medical remedy. Exercises, lifestyle changes and compression stockings can slow progression, but they cannot reverse the damage.
Even if you believe these veins are just a cosmetic annoyance, the appearance of varicose veins should be pointed out to your primary care doctor or to Vascular Specialists, as they could be a symptom of impending circulatory problems.
When you are ready to feel comfortable again when baring your legs, or the ache of varicose veins has started to alter your activity level, it’s time to contact Vascular Specialists. Dr. Tanquilut and Dr. Pradhan have fellowships in both vascular surgery and endovascular surgery, making them much more qualified than “vein clinics”. Because varicose veins can be a symptom of other issues, their education and experience make our physicians much more able to diagnose and treat other vascular issues that affect your health. Your age, overall health, lifestyle and the progression of your varicose veins will all be taken into account when determining appropriate treatment.
When you have spider veins and smaller varicose veins, you may be a good candidate for sclerotherapy. This minimally-invasive procedure is done in our office and patients generally drive themselves home. Our physicians will inject a solution into your troublesome veins using an ultra fine needle. The solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to swell, clot and, over time, fade.
For larger varicose veins, together we may consider radiofrequency (RF) energy treatments. Minimally invasive, this procedure is performed in our office using local anesthesia. You will need a driver for the day. Our physicians will insert a catheter into your vein and then apply heat, contracting the collagen in your veins, causing them to collapse and close.
In the case of dangerously compromised varicose veins, our physicians may discuss vascular surgery or “vein stripping.” Stripping is a surgical procedure requiring general anesthesia that is less commonly used today.
Call Vascular Specialists in New Lenox and Olympia Fields at 815-824-4406 today to make a consultation appointment. We’ll discuss your options and schedule your treatment to ensure that your legs are ready for fun in the sun this winter – and next summer.