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about varicose veins

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are a very common problem. They appear as twisting, bulging, rope-like cords on the legs. These can appear anywhere from the groin to the ankle. Spider veins are smaller, flatter, red or purple veins closer to the skin surface.

Vericose Vein Illustration

Varicose veins typically appear on the thighs and lower legs. Varicose veins usually appear in adults over the age of 50 and are more common in women than men. Up to 40% of women and 25% of men are affected by this condition – but fortunately, endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) and sclerotherapy can successfully eliminate varicose and spider veins.

Varicose veins are a common medical condition. Many people think of varicose veins as only a cosmetic condition. However, varicose veins can cause leg pain, night cramps, fatigue and leg heaviness. If this condition is left untreated, it can lead to leg swelling, eczema, pigmentation changes, bleeding and ulceration.

Fortunately, new minimally invasive techniques like endovenous laser treatment now allow effective treatment of varicose veins with no hospital stay, no scarring, minimal post-operative pain, and nearly immediate relief from your symptoms.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

  • Heaviness or achiness in the lower legs
  • Itching or burning surrounding the varicose veins
  • Cramping or swelling
  • Restless legs, particularly during periods of inactivity
  • Open sores that typically appear just above the ankle