What are Varicose Veins?
We’ve all seen people with those large bumps and bulges on their legs. Varicose veins are very common. They can be painful, itchy and ugly. Fortunately, varicose veins are very treatable.
What causes them?
Normal veins become varicose veins when the one-way valves inside them start to leak. This can happen in a number of ways. For some people, it just runs in the family. For others, it could be a result of pregnancy, trauma, or being overweight. It can also be caused by jobs which require sitting or standing all day. That’s right office workers, teachers, nurses, hairdressers, postal workers, flight attendants-we’re talking to you.
How common are Varicose Veins?
More than 30 million Americans have varicose veins. Surprisingly, of those 30 million, less than 2 million seek treatment each year.
Why do so few seek treatment? Unfortunately, many people just don’t know that varicose veins can be treated. Others just assume that the treatments are cosmetic, and they don’t know that they are covered by most insurance companies. As a result, many people are suffering when they don’t have to. If you’re one of them, we can help!
How are they treated?
At McQuaid Vein Specialists, we treat vein issues using a stepwise approach. We start by identifying the problem with an ultrasound study of the legs. Once the bad veins are identified, we discuss the various treatment options and tell you which ones we think are the best for you.
We pride ourselves in our ability to offer our patients a wide variety of treatment options, including: