Question: Five years ago, I had vein stripping performed in both legs. But now the veins are back. Why? What do I need to do now?


Unfortunately, vein stripping does not treat the source of the varicose veins permanently, so there is always a chance your symptoms will return. In order to treat the recurring vein problems and eliminate the problem vein, we recommend ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. Before this is performed, our partners, CompuDiagnostics, will perform a Doppler Duplex Ultrasound Scan to find the exact source of the reflux and determine the number of treatments needed.

Question: I’ve been told I need vein stripping to treat the large varicose veins in my lower legs. Is this what you would recommend?


To find the best treatment for you, we would like to perform an initial evaluation, and then if needed, a Doppler Duplex Ultrasound Scan. As for vein stripping, we do not perform this procedure, as it is very invasive and virtually always unnecessary. Instead, we offer a variety of alternatives including VNUS ClosureT and Endovenous Laser Ablation. These procedures are extremely effective in eliminating unhealthy veins – with little or no discomfort and downtime.

Question: What can I do to prevent varicose veins?


While you cannot entirely prevent varicose veins, there are quite a few ways to improve your vein health. Physical activity, such as walking, swimming or cycling, is a wonderful way to pump blood up the leg against gravity to improve circulation. Compression hose also helps improve circulation by preventing blood from pooling in the leg veins.

Question: Why do I have to wear compression hose?


The addition of compression hose is regarded by many vein specialists as one of the most important advances in the treatment of venous disease. Compression hose have been proven effective when used for preventative care, during treatment, and for long-term therapy after treatment. Graduated compression prevents blood from pooling in the leg veins, thereby helping overall circulation. Compression is greatest at the ankle, gradually decreasing up the leg. There are many different styles, textures and colors for both men and women, so you can find the stockings that are best for you – and your recovery.

Question: Where do spider veins come from?


Spider veins may be triggered by pregnancy or hormonal variations and sometimes result in itching, restless leg and minor aches and pains. Although surface veins are mainly a cosmetic problem, they can also be an indication of more serious vein disease deep below the surface.

Question: What causes varicose veins?


The actual cause of varicose veins is inefficient, faulty vein valves. These valves don’t close properly, allowing blood to leak back with gravity and pool in the vein. This causes the veins to bulge and stretch and result in many unpleasant side effects such as aching and throbbing pain, heavy and tired legs, and poor circulation.

Question: Are varicose veins hereditary?


Heredity is a primary factor in over 80% of varicose vein cases. Other contributing factors may include pregnancy, obesity, hormone therapy, standing or sitting for long periods of time and injury.

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