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2015-09-30

When to See a Doctor for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can be defined as stretched out, rope-like veins that are enlarged and potentially painful as a result of trapped blood in the legs. These veins are easily identifiable, and offer no single cause for their presence. Although some vein issues can be merely an aesthetic irritation, others can turn into a more serious problem if left untreated. It is important to identify when to see a doctor for varicose veins, and what to expect when you are planning for your appointment.

When to See a Doctor About Varicose Veins

– The vein has become unusually enlarged, discolored, or tender to the touch
– There are visible sores or rash-like areas on the leg, or near the ankle
– The skin on the ankle and calf becomes thicker and discolored
– If a varicose vein begins to bleed
– Achey, dull, or other painful symptoms are interfering with your daily routine
– The appearance of the veins is affecting your everyday life

What to Expect at Your Appointment

1. Initial diagnostic of Varicose Veins.
Some people think spider veins are varicose veins, but the distinction is visibly very different.
2. Analysis of risk factors that could have caused varicose veins.
These are daily activities such as prolonged sitting or standing, injuries on the extremities, or pregnancy.
3. Treatment options are given.
Some non-invasive treatment options like compression stockings might be recommended first, before further techniques are implemented. Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) or microphlebectomy can be the next minimally invasive steps to help eliminate varicose veins.

Preparing for Your Appointment

– Write down symptoms so your doctor can easily find the best treatment for you.
– Bring in knowledge on family health history to help identify the cause of the varicose veins.
– Make a list of all medications (including vitamins) for your doctor to become familiar with when treating you.
– Create a list of any questions you might have beforehand so that you’re able to address them during the appointment.

About Via Vascular

Via Vascular can help you decide if you are a candidate for treatment, and can inform you about the different types and phases of vein treatments offered. Treating Varicose Veins can be as simple as compression stockings, or a small needle poke. If you are unsure about varicose veins symptoms or procedures, contact Via Vascular to find out more information and make an appointment today.

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