Vein disease is very common in the United States. In fact, a third of all people over the age of 45 in the U.S. have some type of vein disease, according to the American Venous Forum. Fortunately, Detroit vein doctors perform a variety of vein disease treatment approaches to reduce pain, embarrassment and complications associated with varicose veins and other types of vein disease.

Arteries and veins are part of your circulatory system. Your arteries carry blood from your heart to the far reaches of your body, from your head to your toes. Veins carry blood back to your heart.

Arteries have a distinct advantage over veins in that gravity helps arteries move blood downwards towards your feet. Veins, on the other hand, must fight gravity to move blood upwards from your feet to your heart. One-way valves help prevent blood from flowing backwards, or refluxing, by trapping blood in small segments of the vein in between heartbeats.

Vein disease damages the inner lining of the veins or the valves in a way that causes them to function poorly and, as the result, blood refluxes and falls back into the feet. Excess blood creates pressure on the veins of the lower legs. Your body responds to this pressure by thickening and dilating the veins to make them larger and capable of moving larger amounts of blood. Thickened, dilated veins can eventually bulge and become visible varicose veins.

How Vein Disease Treatment Works

There several vein disease treatment approaches, such as endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) that uses laser energy, and most work in a similar way to eliminate diseased veins and improve blood flow. Vascular surgeons cannot “fix” diseased veins but the doctors can remove them. Many vein disease treatment approaches irritate the diseased vein to cause the blood vessel to close and seal shut. The body routes blood through other veins. The treated vein disintegrates over time, and nearby tissue absorbs the remnants of the vein. The varicose vein slowly fades as the treated vein disappears.

One vein disease treatment, ambulatory phlebectomy, works in a slightly different way. In this procedure, vein doctors remove the diseased vein through tiny incisions in the skin rather than irritating the vein. As with the other approaches, the body reroutes blood flow.

Modern vein treatments are minimally invasive and require only local anesthesia, so you can have outpatient treatment at your Detroit vein clinic rather than staying overnight at a hospital. Most treatments require no downtime, so you can resume normal activities almost immediately.

If you have vein disease, or worry that you do, make an appointment for Detroit vein treatment. The doctors at your Michigan vein clinic can determine the underlying cause of your vein problem and suggest a safe and effective varicose vein treatment or other vein disease treatment to get you back on your feet.