Varicose veins usually are more of a cosmetic concern than a health issue. However, varicose veins could lead to other vein-related medical problems, so it may be time to seek treatment from an Aurora Health Care doctor.
Even if varicose veins haven’t led to other medical issues or pain, you may still want to talk to your doctor if they are affecting your quality of life. For example, you may avoid participating in activities that require you to show your legs (the most common place the varicose veins occur).
Many simple procedures are now available for removing varicose veins or making them less visible.
We understand that varicose veins can be an uncomfortable problem. Whether your veins are connected to other medical issues (like leg wounds that won’t heal) or just cause embarrassment that makes it difficult for you to fully enjoy life, we can help.
As part of your varicose vein diagnosis and treatment at Aurora, you’ll find:
These enlarged veins develop when your vein walls weaken and stretch. Blood can then back up in your veins, making them bulge, twist and look like swollen, purple ropes.
Varicose veins may be accompanied by spider veins, which are thin, reddish veins. Both spider veins and varicose veins form when gravity causes blood to pool in the lower part of your body.
In some cases, these unsightly veins can also be painful or make it uncomfortable for you to walk. In rare cases, varicose veins could indicate that you’re developing other, more serious vascular problems. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor about this condition.
You’re more likely to get varicose veins if you’re a woman, particularly as you get older. However, men get varicose veins, too.
Other factors that can weaken your vein walls and lead to varicose veins include:
In general, varicose veins are clearly visible right below the skin. Your veins could also cause more serious symptoms, including:
To diagnose your varicose veins and their severity, your doctor will examine your legs while you’re standing. Your doctor may also recommend an ultrasound. This diagnostic test creates images of your veins to help your doctor detect blockages or narrow spots that are affecting blood flow.
Our medical team can develop a varicose vein treatment plan tailored to your needs. This plan may include:
We may suggest lifestyle changes like:
The most common options for treating varicose veins are:
Learn more about varicose and spider vein treatments.