You may have noticed a few spider veins on the back of knee or a feeling of achiness in your legs after a long day on your feet. These symptoms are signs of an underlying vascular condition, but are they worth treatment? It can be difficult to determine when vein care in NYC is necessary, but in many cases the sooner you can speak with a vascular specialist, the better. While the preliminary symptoms of vein disease may seem mild, symptoms become much more serious as the disease progresses.
When should I seek out vein care in NYC?
Ideally, the best time to seek out vein care is before you begin to notice symptoms of vein disease. How is this possible? Regular vein screenings can help. During such screening, your doctor will run a series of tests to learn more about your current vascular condition. Notable among these tests is vascular duplex ultrasound screenings. A technician will use a non-invasive sonography to create a picture of the vascular structures inside your body. This allows your doctor to determine if any circulation issues are present.
Vein screenings are particularly useful at picking up deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a type of blood clot that occurs in veins deep inside the legs. In many cases there are no obvious symptoms associated with this type of clot, making early detection difficult. However, ultrasound screenings can often determine if DVT is present, allowing for prompt treatment and reducing the chance of serious complications.
Not everyone can undergo a regular vein screening, so it is not uncommon for vein disease to go unnoticed until obvious symptoms occur. You may feel a sense of heaviness or fullness in your leg, muscle cramps, restless leg syndrome, a variety of deep dull ache, soreness, throbbing or discomfort, swelling, bulging varicose veins or blue twisted spider veins, non-healing or slowly-healing wounds, different types of discoloration, as well as many other symptoms. All of these symptoms are associated with chronic venous insufficiency, a disorder that occurs when veins are no longer able to effectively transport blood from the extremities back to the heart.
Early treatment of both venous insufficiency and deep vein thrombosis is important. If left untreated, both types of disease can have serious complications. Long-term venous insufficiency can lead to formation of trophic ulcers and even malignant lesions, as well as to development of infection, thrombophlebitis, bleeding, swelling and many others. Deep vein thrombosis puts an individual at risk of a pulmonary embolism, a serious condition in which part of the clot breaks off, travels through the blood stream, and damages the lungs. Fortunately, all of the above can be treated, but better prevented, with the help of a vascular specialist. Minimally invasive treatment modalities are available to address these types of circulatory disease, allowing patients to reduce or eliminate their risk of serious complications without the need and risk of surgery and associated with it large scars, pain and complications, hospitalization, general anesthesia, prolonged recovery and rehabilitation.
When it comes to seeking vein care in NYC, sooner is better. Contact Dr. Lev Khitin for a vein screening to learn more about the current state of your circulation. If you are already suffering from symptoms of vein disease, get in touch with us at the New York Vein Treatment Center to learn more about your options. We can help address your vascular issues, allowing you to look better, to feel better and live healther. Get in contact with our office to learn more about what we can do for you.