Spider & Varicose Veins - Treatment Options - La Vista, NE

Varicose & Spider Veins

Venous insufficiency is a very common condition affecting both men and women all over the United States and the rest of the world. Each year, millions of people are diagnosed and treated for various types of vein disease.

Vein disease is the result of tightness and hardening in the veins if the valves in the veins do not function properly. The blood in healthy veins travels back to the heart in a one-way stream, but will fall in the wrong direction and toward the ankle in unhealthy veins. If the tension in the diseased vein is left to worsen, the blood may flow into a side branch (or tributary) of that vein that leads nearer to the surface of the skin. This pressure and increased tension in the unhealthy vein causes the vein to bulge. Because the vein is at the skin’s surface, it is usually easy to see the result — a varicose vein.

Varicose veins are veins that have swollen and lifted above the surface of the skin, appearing bumpy and ropey. The valves in these veins no longer function normally and are unable to return blood to the heart. The diseased veins usually appear blue-ish purple or may even be flesh color. Varicose veins are frequently seen on the inside of legs and on the backs of the calves muscles, although it is possible for them to appear anywhere on the legs between the groin and the ankle. These veins are sometimes painful, may look unattractive and could possibly progress to more serious medical emergencies such as ulcers and blood clots or deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

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At Heartland Vein and Vascular Institute, we use the most advanced ultrasound technology to assess and pinpoint the causes of the diseased veins in your legs. Because varicose veins have the potential to be such a powerful health risk, many insurance carriers are likely to cover most of the necessary treatments.

Spider veins, sometimes called telangiectasia, are similar in modality to varicose veins, but they are smaller and even closer to the skin’s surface. Spider veins are frequently red, blue or purple in color. They often show up as short fine lines that resemble a fallen twig, the branches of a tree, or a spider web. Most of the time, they are seen on the legs, but infrequently, spider veins can be visible on the face, particularly around the nose and cheeks. Spider veins themselves are harmless and easily treatable. Ask one of our vein specialists today at Heartland Vein and Vascular Institute to learn about how the latest treatments are relieving our patients of these unappealing veins and improving the overall appearance of their legs.

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