Spring is almost here and summer is just around the corner. Are you ready to wear shorts? If you suffer from varicose veins you may prefer to wear capris, but that won’t change the fact that varicose veins can be an unsightly and painful condition.
Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted and painful superficial veins that result from poorly functioning valves. In normal veins, valves in the veins keep blood moving forward toward the heart. With varicose veins, the valves do not function properly, allowing blood to remain in the vein under high pressure. It’s these characteristics that cause varicose veins to enlarge and become painful.
Varicose veins most commonly appear in the legs, and mainly occur after age 50. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly half of women and about 45 percent of men have some form of varicose conditions.
Treatment for varicose veins may begin with exercise, elevating your legs when you are resting and using compression/support hose. You also may want to wear loose clothing and avoid long periods of standing.
If conservative treatments aren't effective, you do have other options. Now is the time to treat varicose veins so you can have beautiful legs this spring and summer.
The Wound & Vein Center of Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake offers numerous treatments for varicose veins, such as injecting the affected veins so they close (sclerotherapy), or using lasers to collapse the vein (thermal ablation). All patients receive personalized care designed to help minimize pain and discomfort and expedite healing.
For more information, call 214-324-6770 or visit DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/WoundandVeinCenter.
Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218