If you are suffering from abnormal veins, such as varicose veins or spider veins, visiting a vein treatment specialist can be beneficial. However, if you have never had an appointment with a vein treatment specialist before, you may wonder whether this is the right option. Before calling the vein clinic, consider the following questions.
1. What are your symptoms?
For most people, the first symptom of abnormal veins is a change in the appearance of the veins in the legs, hands, feet, chest or face. Veins may become discolored, more visible and even swollen. Some people also experience discomfort with abnormal vein, such as tingling, burning, cramping, restlessness or weakness. If varicose veins become particularly severe, you may even notice ulcerations in the skin around the affected vein. If you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms, it may be time to visit a vein doctor.
2. Have you tried at-home treatment?
Some cases of abnormal veins may respond to at-home treatment methods, such as rest, elevation of the affected area, compression garments and weight loss. If you haven’t already tried these methods, you can attempt them before making an appointment with a vein specialist. However, if you have already tried conservative treatments, or if you believe your condition is too severe, it’s time to see a doctor.
3. Are you interested in professional treatment?
If conservative treatment measures are not enough, several professional treatments are available to patients with abnormal veins. Treatments available from Metro Vein Centers include:
- Sclerotherapy – Sclerotherapy is a procedure that is used to treat spider veins and small varicose veins. During the procedure, a thin needle is used to inject a special solution into abnormal veins.
- Transdermal Laser Treatment – Transdermal laser treatment is a non-invasive procedure that treats spider veins by applying heat from the outside.
- Endovenous Laser Treatment – Endovenous laser treatment can be used to treat varicose veins in most locations, including those that are found deep within the tissues. This procedure works by introducing laser energy into the interior of the abnormal vein.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy – For large, superficial varicose veins, ambulatory phlebectomy is typically the best choice. During this procedure, the abnormal veins are removed from the body with small surgical hooks.
All of these procedures can be performed in the doctor’s office, and none of them require general anesthesia. However, like all procedures, complications are possible. If you want to learn more about these procedures, visiting a vein specialist may be your best option.
If you think it is time for you to visit a vein treatment specialist, please contact Metro Vein Centers today to schedule an appointment.