Varicosities, or varicose veins, bulging painful veins some people develop on their lower extremities are not an independent disease, but rather a single symptom of a much bigger problem affecting your circulation called “superficial venous insufficiency”. Covering up your legs can hide the problem from the people around you, but until you address the underlying condition there is little chance of your symptoms resolving on their own. A varicose veins doctor in NYC, Dr. Lev Khitin, encourages anyone suffering from varicosities to look into the very root of the problem and to treat not a single symptom, but rather an underlying disease, responsible for development of this symptom.
What is importance of varicose veins for my health?
Bulging veins are only one of many symptoms of superficial venous insufficiency. This condition occurs when the superficial veins of the lower extremities fail to effectively deliver the used de-oxygenated blood from our legs back to the heart. Rather than transporting blood upstream, veins allow it to flow downwards, delivering therefore previously used blood back to the soft tissue of our legs. This venous blood moving in reversed direction replaces fresh arterial blood, deprives our cells of oxygen and effectively infuses our tissue with lactic acid and other end-products of metabolism.
Superficial venous insufficiency occurs when veins widen, reducing the efficiency of tiny one-way valves found in the vessel. When operating normally, these valves allow blood to move upstream but keep it from flowing back down. In enlarged vein, the valves do not reach each other, making it possible for blood to leak in between. The cause of venous insufficiency is a combination of genetic predisposition with certain risk factors, some of which include habitual prolonged standing or heavy lifting, increased weight or height, certain surgeries, as well as many others.
Besides varicose veins, other symptoms of superficial venous insufficiency are swelling, muscle cramps, pains and aches, difficulties walking and particularly standing or even sitting down for prolonged periods, heaviness and tiredness, different types of dull discomfort, soreness or throbbing sensation, burning alternating with coldness, restless leg syndrome and many others. When left untreated, venous insufficiency always progresses and leads to the complications, including thrombophlebitis (blood clots formation), bleeding, infection, development of the trophic ulcers and even malignant lesions and others.
Will treating varicose veins improve my circulation?
According to varicose vein doctors in NYC, it is always much better to treat the underlying circulation condition responsible for the varicosities or any other symptoms, rather than to treat a specific individual symptom in isolation. One of many treatment modalities widely employed at the center is endovenous obliteration, during which the abnormal vein is being sealed from the inside through a small needle. Another minimally invasive procedure is called “microphlebectomy”. It is also being performed through a needle, but in this case the pathological vein is being interrupted rather than sealed. Yet another form of intervention, sclerotherapy, implies injection of a specific liquid substance into a dysfunctional vein in order to seal it off. Of course, there are many others therapeutic modalities.
Regardless of the technical aspect of each specific intervention being performed, the end result is always the same. First, it is safe: the have been no complications encountered in the past or anticipated in the future. Second, it is painless. Third, the treatment is done for good: approached correctly, venous insufficiency is not only treatable, but also totally CURABLE disease, meaning it does not come back. The above is not true for the prevailing majority of common diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, atherosclerosis, hypercholesterolemia and others: treatable, but never entirely curable. Fourth, there is no hospitalization involved. Fifth, there is no recovery period following any of the performed at the center procedures, meaning the patients can return to their regular life immediately after a procedure is finished with no restrictions or limitations. Finally, any of the procedures or any other interventions performed at the center is completed well under an hour and usually within fifteen or so minutes. It means, you can stop by during your lunch break or just before the work or right after.
The right varicose veins doctor in NYC will help you to understand the nature of varicose veins and their impact not only on your circulation, but also on the health of your entire body. At the New York Vein Treatment Center we are committed to providing a comprehensive evaluation, meticulous assessment and development of a dedicated treatment plan that meets the individual needs and expectations of each of our patients. If you have any questions or any other considerations in regard to varicose veins, their importance and impact on your health, please don’t hesitate to give our office a call. We look forward to speaking with you!