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June 8, 2024

Can Varicose Veins Cause Leg Swelling?

Varicose veins are a common vascular condition affecting millions of people worldwide. These enlarged, elevated and twisted veins often appear on the legs and can cause various symptoms, including leg swelling. If you are experiencing swollen legs and suspect that varicose veins might be the culprit, this article will provide you with helpful information and address your concerns in an informative, professional, and reassuring manner.   What are Varicose Veins? Varicose veins are enlarged, bulging veins that typically appear on the legs. They often have a bluish or purplish color and a twisted, cord-like appearance. Varicose veins develop when the valves inside the veins become dilated and the valves no longer close properly.  These weakened valves allow blood to backup down the leg causing the next segment of vein to stretch and enlarge. Common risk factors for developing varicose veins include genetics, age, obesity, prolonged standing or sitting, and pregnancy.   Dr. David Verebelyi, a leading vein specialist at Colorado Skin & Vein, explains, “Venous insufficiency is the underlying cause of varicose veins. When the one-way valves in the veins fail to function properly, blood backs up in the vein of thighs and legs, leading to their enlargement and the development of varicose veins.”   The Connection Between Varicose Veins and Leg Swelling Varicose veins are intimated associated with the cause of leg swelling, venous insufficiency. When the valves in the veins are stretched or damaged, blood struggles to return to the heart efficiently and backs up in the veins within the thighs and legs.  This backup causes the veins in those areas to stretch out. This stretching of those veins causes damage to the vein wall making it easier for the fluid pooling in them to leach out into the surrounding tissue causing swelling.     In addition to swelling, this process causes other symptoms such as pain, heaviness, fatigue, cramping, Restless Leg Syndrome and skin changes like discoloration or vascular eczema. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is essential to seek medical advice from a vein specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.   Is Leg Swelling a Serious Condition? Leg swelling, also known as edema, is usually a sign of an underlying health issue.  They can be related to issues with the lymphatic system (lymphedema), heart or kidney problems but most often lower leg swelling signifies vein issues.  These symptoms should always be evaluated to understand to source of the swelling.    It is crucial to seek medical attention if you experience any type of regular, persistent or severe leg swelling.  These symptoms may indicate a more serious condition that requires prompt treatment.   Dr. Verebelyi advises, “If you notice leg swelling or experience pain and discomfort along with the swelling, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications and improve your overall health.”   Diagnosing Varicose Veins and Leg Swelling If you suspect that your leg swelling is caused by veins, consulting a vein specialist is crucial. At Colorado Skin & Vein, their team of experts has over 20 years of extensive experience in diagnosing and treating various vascular issues. During your consultation, the specialist will perform a physical examination and may use diagnostic tools like duplex ultrasound to assess both your deep and superficial veins.  This will help determine the cause and severity to ensure you understand which treatments will be most effective in treating your swelling.    Treatment Options for Varicose Veins and Leg Swelling Treatment for varicose veins and leg swelling depends on the severity of your condition. Conservative measures such as wearing compression stockings, making lifestyle changes (e.g., maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly), and elevating your legs can help alleviate symptoms and improve circulation.   For more advanced cases, Colorado Skin & Vein offers a range of minimally invasive treatments: Endovenous radiofrequency ablation (EVRF) and Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA): These procedures involve using radiofrequency energy or laser energy to heat and seal the damaged vein, redirecting blood flow to healthier veins. VenaSeal medical adhesive: This innovative treatment uses a medical adhesive to close the diseased vein, allowing blood to reroute through healthier veins. Sclerotherapy with Varithena foam: A special foam is injected into the affected vein, causing it to collapse and seal shut. The body then naturally absorbs the treated vein. Microphlebectomy: This procedure involves making tiny incisions to remove the superficial, bulging varicose veins through a minimally invasive technique. Dr. Verebelyi states, “Our practice is dedicated to providing the most advanced and effective treatments for varicose veins. We have seen excellent results and high patient satisfaction with minimally invasive procedures like EVRF, EVLA, and VenaSeal. These treatments can significantly reduce leg swelling and improve overall vein health.”   Taking the First Step Towards Healthier Legs Vein issues in the thighs and legs are the most common cause of leg swelling, and seeking medical advice is essential for proper diagnosis and treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms of swelling, don’t hesitate to consult with a vein specialist. The experienced team at Colorado Skin & Vein is committed to providing the most advanced and effective treatments in a comfortable, luxurious setting. Schedule a consultation today and take the first step towards healthier, symptom-free legs.


September 26, 2022

How Can I Stop Blood From Pooling In My Legs?

Blood pooling in the legs caused by Vein Malfunction is a problem for many of our patients. Venous insufficiency is a condition characterized by blocked blood flow through the veins.   Blood pooling in the legs caused by Vein Malfunction is a problem for many of our patients. Venous insufficiency is a condition characterized by blocked blood flow through the veins. Varicose veins make patients feel less attractive and can sometimes be painful. To provide patients with a quick and easy treatment solution, our doctor performs endovenous radiofrequency (EVRF) vein ablation procedures using ClosureFast.   A ClosureFast Procedure Our doctor performs a minimally invasive ClosureFast procedure on an outpatient basis. The procedure is popular because it is quick, usually only 45-60 minutes, and provides excellent results. Important procedure steps include the following: Ultrasound guidance is used to insert a catheter into a varicose vein The doctor advances the catheter to the segment of the vein that is causing blood to pool Anesthesia is delivered to the vein to increase patient comfort and maximize results The ClosureFast portable generator delivers radio frequency energy to the vein. Once the vein is heated to 120 degrees Celsius, it closes and blood is redirected to other veins. The patient returns home shortly after the procedure and returns to normal physical activities within a few days.   ClosureFast Results Our patients love ClosureFast because it provides excellent and long-lasting results. One to three weeks after the procedure, patients see dramatic improvements in the appearance of varicose veins. Final results are seen when post-procedure swelling completely subsides. Results last up to five years.   EVFR Advantages EVFR vein ablation therapy has replaced vein stripping and laser therapy as the most effective treatment option for varicose veins. Key advantages EVFR has over these other treatment options include the following: Ideal incision location. Below the knee, rather than in the groin. Quicker recovery. Less discomfort, bruising and swelling. Longer-lasting results. Up to five years. Patients who have their procedure performed by one of our doctors can look forward to receiving maximum results. All procedures are customized to meet the specific needs of each patient.   Scheduling an Initial Consultation A ClosureFast procedure is the best way to improve the appearance of varicose veins and stop blood from pooling in your legs. When you are ready to say goodbye to varicose veins, please contact our Colorado Skin & Vein office in Englewood, CO at (303) 683-3235 to arrange a one-on-one initial consultation. Our doctor will provide you with the treatment solution you have been looking for.

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