Varicose veins are the most common type of visible veins on the legs. Not only can varicose veins become extremely unattractive, they can also result in pain and other health problems. Patients who are bothered by visible veins or are experiencing symptoms that may indicate a vascular problem should consult with a vascular doctor to determine if varicose vein treatment is required. Our vascular surgeons Dr. Mitar Vranic and Dr. Henry Tarlian both specialize in vascular and endovascular surgery. Dr. Vranic has been recognized as one of Arizona’s Top Docs in ‘05, ‘06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ‘12, and ‘13 for his work in treating vascular diseases. Dr. Tarlian has been recognized as a Top Doctor in ‘08, ‘09, and ‘10.
Varicose veins appear when veins become enlarged. They may be blue, red, or flesh-color and often look like twisted or bulging cords beneath the surface of the skin. The term typically refers to veins on the legs, but varicose veins can actually occur anywhere on the body. In many cases, the vein will become swollen and raised above the skin’s surface as it becomes more enlarged. There are valves in veins that serve to prevent blood from flowing backwards into the veins, but when valves become weak or stop functioning, the vein may become varicose. These veins occur most often in the thighs, backs of calves, and inside of the legs due to the high pressure experienced when standing and the effects of gravity. Varicose veins may also occur during pregnancy, when certain areas of the body are under higher amounts of pressure than usual. Some people are more likely to develop varicose veins than others. Factors that contribute to the development of varicose veins include genetics, increasing age, hormonal changes, pregnancy, obesity or weight gain, and jobs or activities that involve prolonged standing or sitting. Varicose veins may not always be visible, but the symptoms of varicose veins are the same whether the veins can be seen or not. These include an aching pain that gets worse after prolong periods of sitting or standing, swelling, throbbing and cramping, feelings of heaviness in the legs, itchy or irritated skin, and restless legs. In addition to being unattractive and uncomfortable, varicose veins can cause other health problems if left untreated. Skin sores and ulcers, increased bleeding from cuts or injury, superficial blood clots, and deep vein thrombosis are all associated with varicose veins.
It is important to seek qualified medical help if you are experiencing symptoms of varicose veins. Although radiologists and cardiologists can treat varicose veins, they have limited training. At our vein treatment center, Dr. Vranic and Dr. Tarlian have completed vascular fellowships and are trained to help determine the best and safest way to treat your varicose veins. If necessary, we may recommend that you undergo varicose veins removal. The leading treatments for varicose veins are laser vein removal, microphlebectomy, and sclerotherapy. Laser vein removal, also known as endovenous ablation, uses laser energy tuned to a specific wavelength to cauterize and collapse a varicose vein. The body will absorb the destroyed vein and the blood flow will be naturally rerouted to nearby healthy vessels. Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive treatment for smaller varicose veins that uses very tiny incisions to treat problematic varicose veins. During sclerotherapy treatment, saline solution is injected into the targeted vein. The solution causes the vein to collapse and eventually be absorbed by the body. Our doctors will help you determine the treatment that will provide the most effective results after evaluating your veins and reviewing your medical history.
Our vein treatment center has been helping patients in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area improve their appearance and vascular health with the latest vein treatments. Our qualified vascular surgeons Dr. Vranic and Tarlian are able to treat problematic varicose veins right in our Mesa, AZ office. Please contact us today to set up an initial consultation.