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When to See a Vein Surgeon

June 8, 2015 • jake • vascular surgery

Questions to Ask before Seeing a Vein Surgeon

If you are suffering from the symptoms of varicose veins and/or spider veins, a vein surgeon may be able to help. However, if you have never visited a vein surgeon before, it can be difficult to determine when the time is right. If you are considering an appointment at a vein clinic, ask yourself the questions below.

1. Do my veins appear abnormal?

The first sign of abnormal veins is typically a change in the way your veins look. While spider veins are small, twisted and easily visible through the skin, varicose veins are large, swollen and gnarled. Spider veins are most common on the face, legs and hands, while varicose veins appear most often on the legs.

2. Am I having additional symptoms?

For some people, abnormal veins cause no symptoms apart from their appearance. However, other people experience additional symptoms as a result of their abnormal veins. Some of the symptoms you may experience include:
  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Heaviness
  • Swelling
  • Restlessness
These symptoms are most common in the legs.

3. Have I tried conservative treatments?

Certain at-home treatments may alleviate the symptoms of abnormal veins for some people. Some of the treatments you may attempt on your own include wearing compression stockings, elevating your legs and exercising regularly. If you are overweight, you may also be able to improve your condition by losing some weight. However, these treatments may not eliminate all of the symptoms of your condition, especially if you have large varicose veins in your legs.

4. Am I interested in professional vein treatment?

If you visit a vein doctor, you will most likely explore the option of professional vein treatment. Some of the options that may be available to you include:
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation – This procedure involves the treatment of abnormal veins with laser energy, which causes the vein to collapse and disappear.
  • Chemical Ablation – For veins that cannot be treated with a laser, chemical ablation may be effective. This procedure involves the injection of a special medication into each abnormal vein under ultrasound guidance.
  • Ambulatory Microphlebectomy – Ambulatory phlebectomy is designed for larger varicose veins that cannot be treated effectively with other methods. With this procedure, abnormal veins are removed from the body through small incisions made in the skin.
  • Sclerotherapy – Sclerotherapy is best for small varicose veins and spider veins. During this procedure, the surgeon injects medication directly into the vein, which causes it to seal off and fade from view.
If you are interested in visiting a vein surgeon and learning more about your treatment options, please contact the Kimmel Institute today.  

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