Varicose Veins Treatment Specialist Questions and Answers
At Colorado Laser & Vein our doctors are pleased to provide treatments for varicose veins in Centennial, CO to you and your loved ones. For more information, please call us or book an appointment online.
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Varicose veins are superficial veins that become enlarged and twisted near the surface of the skin. While varicose veins can happen to any superficial vein in the body, they are most commonly found in the legs. This is due to the pressure placed on the veins found in the lower body as a result of standing or walking upright. When the valves in the veins don’t work properly, the blood will pool in the veins and put pressure against the walls of the veins, causing them to bulge. In some cases, varicose veins are a cosmetic concern due to their appearance, while other people experience discomfort and aching pain from them. In some instances, more serious problems can arise from varicose veins. Varicose veins can appear blue or dark purple in color and appear to be twisted or bulging through the skin, looking like cords on the legs. For patients who experience pain and discomfort, their symptoms can include a heavy or achy feeling, itching near and around the veins, skin discoloration, swelling, cramping, throbbing or burning in the lower leg, and pain that is worse after sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
Doctors diagnose varicose veins primarily by appearance as well as by asking questions about any pain or aching you are experiencing in your legs. Your doctor will perform a physical exam, which will include an examination of your legs to check for swelling when you stand. Your doctor can order an ultrasound to check the functionality of the valves in your veins or see if there is any visible evidence of a blood clot in the vein. Like any other ultrasound, the technician will run a hand-held device over the area of skin being examined to produce imagery of your veins. This will allow the technician and your doctor to identify any irregularities happening in your veins that aren’t visible on the surface of the skin and can only be seen through such medical imaging devices as an ultrasound.
At Colorado Laser & Vein, our doctors use a state-of-the-art treatment called endovenous laser treatment, or EVLT, to treat many of our patients who are suffering from varicose veins. This procedure is effective in the removal of varicose veins, with little to no recovery time for our patients. In EVLT, a laser is used to apply heat to the affected veins through a thin beam of radiation. This will cause the varicose vein to shrink and scar tissue to form within the vein vessel that will result in the vein getting sealed off. Once the vein is sealed off, the blood will flow through other veins, with the sealed off vein eventually getting absorbed back into the body’s tissues, thereby eliminating the varicose vein. This is an in-office procedure that typically takes under an hour, with patients able to go home following treatment. Your doctor will be able to walk you through the complete procedure, so you understand any risks associated with the treatment to make an educated decision on the suitability of this treatment for you.
Yes, at Colorado Laser & Vein our doctors and vein specialists provide treatment for varicose veins for patients in the Centennial, CO area. We use the endovenous laser treatment, or EVLT for short, which is an in-office procedure that usually takes less than an hour, with patients being able to go home following their treatment. To find out more about this treatment and understand if you would be a suitable candidate for the procedure to help you get rid of unsightly varicose veins, contact our office to book an appointment today.
Our team will be happy to examine your varicose veins to help you determine if this is the right treatment for you. They will be able to walk you through the procedure and let you know what results in you can expect from EVLT. We serve patients from Centennial CO, Southglenn CO, Englewood CO, Littleton CO, Castle Rock CO, Denver CO and Highlands Ranch, CO.