Varicose veins frequently asked questions
Varicose veins are a very common condition, more common than you may think. The American Society for Vascular Surgery shares that at least 20 to 25 million Americans have varicose veins. Here at Dekalb Vein Center, we visit with hundreds of patients who are looking to resolve their varicose veins condition, and we’ve compiled some of our most popular varicose veins frequently asked questions below:
What is causing my varicose veins?
In layman’s terms, varicose veins are caused by increased pressure on your veins. This pressure weakens and could possibly damage the vein walls and valves. As a result, the veins begin experiencing increased blood pressure. As the blood pressure increases, it further weakens or damages valves or walls in the veins, causing blood to pool. Sometimes the blood can even flow backwards. This is called reflux. The veins may grow larger and become distorted, resulting in varicose veins.
Are some people more likely to develop varicose veins than others?
Yes – some people have an increased likelihood of developing varicose veins. Reasons you may develop varicose veins include being older, sitting or standing for long periods, having an inactive lifestyle, being overweight or obese, or having a family history of varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis. As pregnancy and childbirth increase the pressure on your veins, a woman’s risk is increased.
How can varicose veins be treated?
Your first step is to schedule an appointment with our office, so that we can consult with you and recommend a customized treatment plan. We’ve helped hundreds of people with varicose veins determine their best course of therapy. We pride ourselves in being very caring and attentive to our patients as we understand that varicose vein treatment can be a sensitive subject. Dr. Katz has over 30 years of experience and is a board certified surgeon, so you will be in good hands! Based on the condition of your veins, we’ll recommend therapeutic options which could include:
- VNUS Closure® and Radiofrequency Ablation
- Spider Veins treatments
- Venus Reflux Disease
- Foam Sclerotherapy
- Varithena® Injections
Did we answer your varicose veins frequently asked questions? Are you ready for the next step? Yes! If so, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Katz here at Dekalb Vein Center. Just click here and enter your information, or call us at 404-501-9377.