In some lines of work, or even with certain lifestyle conditions, you may find yourself standing a lot. Perhaps you’ve recently noticed a throbbing sensation in your legs that you just can’t ignore—and you’ve spotted blue, web-like veins on one or both of your legs. What does this mean? Likely, it means that you have varicose veins.
What Are Varicose Veins?
What exactly are varicose veins?Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen, and twisting veins, often appearing blue or dark purple and web-like on the calves or thighs. Due to age or increased intravenous pressure, the valves in veins become weaker over time, causing blood to pool in your extremities. The pooling blood is what shows up as the darker streaks against your skin. For some, blue or varicose veins are nothing more than just a cosmetic blemish. For others, varicose veins come with debilitating pain and discomfort that severely impact the quality of their life.
What Are The Symptoms of Varicose Veins?
Twisting, bulging veins are the hallmark of varicose veins. Whether they are painful or not, varicose veins will always feature with this kind of coloration. However, in more serious cases of varicose veins, aching sensations and swelling in the legs are quite common, a result of the reduced blood flow returning to the heart. Other feelings include worsened pain after long periods of sitting or standing, sensations of burning or cramping, or throbbing in the surrounding muscles. Itching is another potential symptom of varicose veins and one that is far more dangerous. When you’re itchy, the normal reaction is to scratch, but because varicose veins are so close to the surface of the skin, the sharpness of your fingernails and the increased pressure in the area could be enough for the twisted and congested vein to burst, potentially leading to a blood loss emergency.
How Do You Treat Varicose Veins?
There areseveral methods to treat varicose veins. Laser ablation, for instance, happens under local anesthesia and is done via ultrasound and laser fiber. The procedure is generally done within the hour and patients are virtually pain free afterward. Another is ambulatory microphlebectomy which is again done under anesthesia and is for “incompetent veins” that need to be removed. Once again, there is little to no pain involved in this procedure, and patients generally report a better quality of life afterwards.That being said, the best treatment is usually prevention. Understanding some of the risk factors commonly associated with varicose veins is important to lowering the chances of you getting it.Such factorsinclude, but aren’t limited to: obesity, sudden weight gain, inactivity, injuries and other leg trauma, pregnancy and smoking. Be sure to be aware of these factors and keep your leg and veinal health in check!
Schedule An Appointment With The Kimmel Institute
If you have any of the symptoms of varicose veins, or if you have concerns about vascular health in general, be sure toschedule an appointment with our physicians at theKimmel Institute. You’ll have a chance tomeet our vein physicians in Florida, who, along with Dr. Kimmel, are vein specialists in South Florida with years of experience treating varicose veins. Dr. Kimmel is a board certified vascular surgeon, too. At the Kimmel Institute, we can diagnose, treat, and if you need further information, we’ll be happy to provide it. Schedule an appointment today!
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Having developed varicose veins at a young age and watching a family member go through the procedures multiple times with more than one doctor and little success, my experience with Dr. Kimmel and his staff was outstanding. The large bulging veins (that kept me out of shorts in the hot Florida sun) and the achiness/itching in my legs is gone. I had one session the resolve my spider veins as well which is proving to be equally successful. I would highly recommend Dr. Kimmel for anyone who needs to have this procedure done. And Melissa, Julie, Clara and other staff were excellent, professional, honest and great at what they do.
I went to Dr Kimmel for varicose veins. I had been to other doctors in the past and he is by far the most thorough and knowledgeable doctor I have been to. He treats the underlying issues first which many doctors do not. His staff is also fantastic. Professional, knowledgeable and kind. If you need a vein doctor, do not go to anyone but him. Too many people advertise themselves as “vein treatment centers” and don’t know what they are doing. Dr Kimmel is truly a doctor who specializes in vascular issues and was great. Highly recommend
From the first visit to the last I was very satisfied with the doctor and his wonderful assistant, nurse and staff. The words to use, caring, professional and answered all my questions clearly. I would definitely recommend Dr, Kimmel to my family and friends. The doctor explained what he would do for the veins on my legs and the procedure. It has only been 3 weeks and my legs have improved so much & will continue to do so.Very positive experience.
I have just recently had the laser vein procedure on both of my legs done for extremely heavy various veins at the Kimmel Institute and cannot tell you how happy I am with the results. Dr. Kimmel and all of his staff were wonderful, professional and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I found Dr. Kimmel on the internet and started researching him and came up with only positive findings. I was still a little nervous about finding a doctor on the internet but when I called the office and came in for the initial screening, I knew I was in the right place. Check him out for yourself and I know you will be a happy as I am. Thank you, Dr. Kimmel and staff!
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Richard Kimmel is the BEST. I had an extremely wonderful experience. Julie & Melissa really made it brainless for me. I highly recommend. Anyone that does not use him in my opinion is a fool. He is really that great. You won’t be disappointed. If there were more “stars” I would give it to Dr. Kimmel and his wonderful staff.
I called the office and new I found the right place. My first visit and consultation confirmed that. It was such a pleasure to be treated like I was their PRIORITY, not just another patient passing through. They answered all my questions and I felt comfortable asking them. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable; truly an experience like this is hard to find these days. Oh, and by the way…my legs look and feel GREAT!!! Highly recommend!!!
I underwent an ambulatory microphlebectomy,a chemical ablation and sclerotherapy with Dr Kimmel. He is a professional efficient surgeon. The whole staff especially Melissa and Clara are wonderful as well. They all create a calming atmosphere while the procedures are being performed. I have never been to an office where everyone shows they care about you. This is that type of place that Dr Kimmel has.
About The Kimmel Institute
We are committed to professional excellence in everything we do.
Our care has been refined by more than two decades of serving the community as a private practice.
Dr. Kimmel is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of vein care.
We act as a center of excellence, providing laser training for surgeons around the country.
All treatments are performed by top notch, licensed, and certified medical specialists.
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1905 Clint Moore Road Suite 215 Boca Raton, FL 33496