What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged (swollen), twisted veins that typically appear on the legs, between the thigh and foot. They are superficial, meaning they are close to the surface of the skin and are not paired with an artery.
What causes varicose veins?
Veins are responsible for bringing blood to and from the heart, sometimes going against gravity. The muscles in your lower leg act as pumps to push blood back to your heart. A series of valves assist in this process and when venous insufficiency is present, poorly functioning valves can lead to the pooling of blood in your veins. This condition is called venous reflux, and over time, can cause veins to become enlarged, swollen, and twisted.
Varicose veins are a common condition. Risk factors include family history (genetics), age-related vein valve deterioration, sex (varicose veins are more likely to affect women), pregnancy, and jobs that involve sitting or standing for long periods of time.
What happens if varicose veins are left untreated?
Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic concern. If left untreated, varicose veins can significantly impact your quality of life, causing pain, itching, burning, swelling, leg heaviness, discoloration, and other symptoms. Untreated varicose veins may ultimately lead to blood clots (phlebitis or thrombophlebitis), venous ulcers, and bleeding. Effectively treating varicose veins can have a significant and rapid impact on your life from both a medical and cosmetic perspective.
Varicose vein treatment options
Board Certified Vascular Surgeon Dr. Paula Muto and her team of leading varicose vein specialists have more than 25 years of experience and have performed thousands of highly-effective varicose vein surgeries and procedures.
The Muto Vein Center offers several innovative, comfortable, and minimally invasive options to effectively remove, close, or otherwise treat varicose veins on an outpatient basis. Potential varicose vein removal options include sclerotherapy, ablation, plebectomy, and other forms of minimally invasive varicose vein surgery. Recovery times related to these procedures are generally quick and involve little to no downtime.
Schedule your free consultation
Benefit from our experience and get the right care, the first time. Schedule your free in-person or video (from your home or office) consultation with Dr. Muto to discuss your concerns and varicose vein treatment options available to help you look and feel your best as quickly as possible.
Insurance + payment
The Muto Vein Center is proud to accept most private and managed care insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. If you have questions regarding your specific plan, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
For those paying directly, we strive to offer top care for a fair, affordable price.
The Muto Vein Center is proud to accept most private and managed care insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. For those paying directly, we strive to offer top care for a fair, affordable price.
Not sure where to start? Book your free vein consultation to discuss your concerns and treatment options in-person or via video from your home or office. There’s no obligation – it’s simply a free service we provide!
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