Around 30 million Americans suffer from vein problems, such as varicose veins, spider veins, and reticular veins. The providers at the Vein Center of Louisiana, located in Lafayette, Louisiana, expertly treat these vein conditions with a variety of minimally invasive methods. While many see unsightly veins as a cosmetic problem, your painful and bulging blood vessels may be a sign of chronic venous insufficiency, which could lead to more serious complications if left untreated. For a consultation regarding your vein health, call or book an appointment online today.
Varicose veins refer to a problem where your blood vessels become enlarged, twisted, and discolored. This is due to a failure of a vessel’s one-way valve to keep blood flowing in the right direction.
When blood flow is hindered, blood backs up and pools in areas along the length of the vein. This creates abnormal amounts of pressure on the tissues of the blood vessel, which responds by stretching, twisting, and hardening.
Typically, varicose veins are seen in the lower extremities. While most people see these as a cosmetic problem, varicose veins can lead to more significant problems, including chronic venous insufficiency.
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is when inadequate blood flow has advanced to the point that surrounding tissues are starved of oxygen-rich blood. This can cause nerve damage, slow-healing wounds, systemic infection, and tissue death.
Spider veins are a mild form of varicose veins. They’re small, red or blue lines that are close to the surface of the skin. They look like a spider web or a branching tree, and can be found on the face as well as the legs.
Reticular veins, or feeder veins, are larger than spider veins but not as enlarged as varicose veins. They involve medium-sized veins, and appear as darkened, enlarged blood vessels.
Varicose veins, spider veins, reticular veins, and chronic venous insufficiency can be treated using a variety of minimally invasive methods.
Each treatment serves to collapse or close the area of the vein that’s causing a backflow of blood, encouraging the body to create new blood vessels and restoring natural, healthy blood flow.
Some procedures are done in the office with little or no recovery time needed, while others may require anesthesia and some downtime.
For a consultation about which treatment may be right to treat your vein issue, call or book an appointment online with the Vein Center of Louisiana.