It is not uncommon for someone to put off having spider vein treatment or varicose vein treatment, even when they need it. They may not feel they have the time to undergo vein disease treatment, they may be nervous about undergoing medical procedures, or they may feel that treatment is not necessary. Varicose veins are easily treated, but if they are left alone they can lead to more serious complications. If you have vein disease that needs to be treated, do not delay in following your varicose vein doctor’s suggestions.
What consequences of varicose veins should Bergen County, New Jersey patients know about?
Varicose veins are an outward sign that something is wrong under your skin. When a vein is functioning normally, it transports blood from the extremities back to the heart. It does so with the help of tiny one-way valves that let blood flow towards the heart but not back down to the feet. However, if these veins become damaged blood can flow backwards, causing pressure that leads to varicose veins.
In some cases this kind of vein disease does not have any symptoms besides bulging, visible veins. However, people with this problem may begin to experience pain and discomfort. If treatment is not pursued, more serious problems can arise.
A potential complication of untreated vein disease is ulcers on the lower legs and feet. These ulcers are poorly healing wounds that can be painful. Ulcers that are caused by vein problems can reach sizes of 10 centimeters in diameter. In some cases the ulcers cannot heal until the vein is repaired.
When a varicose vein forms, the skin over it becomes very thin. This makes it easily injured and broken. If this skin is broken, it can cause a significant amount of bleeding.
One of the most troublesome consequences of an untreated vein is deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. The clot can cause pain, redness, and swelling and may be warm to the touch. If part of the clot breaks off and moves through the blood stream it can become lodged the lungs. If this occurs it is called an embolism and has the potential to be fatal.
Treating vein disease
Treating vein disease at a varicose vein center such as Chuback Medical Group is quick, easy, and effective. Depending on your particular situation, Dr. John Chuback may recommend one of several treatment choices. In many cases, conservative treatment is appropriate. This process revolves around making lifestyle changes to slow the progression of vein diseases.
In other situations a different type of treatment may be recommended. For example, your spider vein specialist may recommend a treatment called Sclerotherapy. This treatment involves injecting a chemical agent into a diseased vein to close it off. Once closed, the vein will gradually disappear.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT Treatment) by a laser expert is another potential procedure to treat varicose veins. This procedure uses a tiny catheter to deliver heat from a laser to a diseased vein. The heat closes off the vein walls, allowing blood to be rerouted to healthier vessels.
Almost all forms of varicose vein treatment are safe, quick, and virtually pain free. Most patients are able to go about their daily activities immediately after treatment. Because a local anesthetic is administered to the treatment site, most patients experience little to no discomfort while having their veins treated.
Vein treatment may not be a topic that everyone likes to contemplate, but it is important. The potential consequences of delaying vein treatment are severe. If you would like to know more about the treatments available to you, give the Chuback Medical Group a call at 201.430.2737. Dr. Chuback and the rest of our vein specialists can help you make an informed choice about your vein care. While the potential consequences of delaying treatment are serious, they can easily be avoided with prompt and effective care.