Varicose veins are enlarged, bulging, twisted veins that appear blue or purple and mainly affect the legs. Varicose veins can be painful and the occurrence of pain may indicate a more serious condition.
When veins lose elasticity due to aging, vein valves that check reverse blood flow deform and allow blood to flow backward, triggering blood accumulation and vein enlargement. If blood continues to accumulate, varicose veins form. Serious cases can result in painful varicose veins in legs and blood clots. An increase in blood volume during pregnancy often causes varicose veins in legs.
Painful varicose veins produce leg pain, burning sensations, or muscle cramping. Swelling, throbbing, and itching often accompany painful varicose veins. Sitting or standing for long periods of time causes varicose veins to worsen.
Until quite recently, the treatment for varicose veins involved stripping the pathological veins in an operating room while the patient was under general anesthesia. At Parish Vein Laser Dermatology, Dr. Parish offers state of the art diagnosis and treatments for Varicose, Spider and Facial veins under local anesthesia in our AAAHC nationally accredited outpatient center. All diagnostic testing and procedures are performed by Dr. Parish to insure quality of care from start to finish. Assitionally, Sclerotherapy is performed only by Dr. Parish and not a nurse so our patients are followed closely throughout their treatments for the best medical and cosmetic results.
Procedures for Varicose Veins include Ultrasound Diagnostic testing to map out the underlying source of venous insufficiency. Modern treatments include Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), a safe and effective laser treatment to eliminate veins which is covered under most insurance plans. Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy which is an injection at the highest point of reflux to seal and collapse the vein. Ambulatory Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive and cosmetically pleasing micro surgical removal of the varicose vein. All procedures are performed under local anesthesia to avoid the risk of general anesthesia, IV sedation and hospital related issues and allows for a quick and nearly painless post procedure recovery.