One of the most important parts of our job as varicose vein treatment specialists in Oahu is to provide ongoing education to our patients and the general public about varicose veins, spider veins, and other forms of vein disease. In the articles we write for this website, we try our best to use clear, easy-to-understand language, but occasionally we get requests from patients to make things even shorter and simpler. OK…you asked for it.
Vein Clinics of Hawaii’s Handy Layperson’s Guide to Varicose Veins
Start at the beginning…what exactly are varicose veins? They are blood vessels that have become “leaky” as the result of vein disease. They are swollen and enlarged because their damaged venous valves allow blood to flow back into the veins instead of being sent to the heart.
Why can I see varicose veins, but not my other veins? You can see varicose veins because 1) they are close to the surface of the skin, 2) they are filled with deoxygenated blood, which has a bluish-purple color, and 3) in many cases they have become abnormally swollen.
My legs feel weak and tired all the time…is this caused by varicose veins? In all likelihood, yes. The weakness and tiredness happens because you have impaired circulation, which is preventing your legs from getting the oxygen and nutrients they need. If you ignore this and fail to seek Maui vein treatment, the weakness will only get worse. It doesn’t get better on its own.
Is there any way to reduce the swelling and weakness? If your varicose veins are not causing other problems, you can sometimes control them through conservative treatment – diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, and wearing medical-grade compression stockings to improve your circulation.
What if this doesn’t work…what then? If conservative treatment doesn’t work to fully control your symptoms (or you want to get rid of your swollen veins for cosmetic reasons), your vein treatment center in Hawaii can remove varicose veins permanently using painless, minimally-invasive procedures that can be performed in about an hour in the comfort of our offices.
Can varicose veins be “fixed,” without removing them? Unfortunately, no. They can’t be repaired either with drugs or surgery because the disease has damaged the venous valves permanently. The only way to “fix” damaged veins permanently is to remove them and allow healthier veins to take over.
Once the swollen veins are removed, will there be scarring? Modern vein treatment requires no deep incisions or stitches. Afterwards, the treated veins collapse and are absorbed into surrounding muscle tissue, and within a few weeks you won’t see any trace of them.
This all sounds good. So what’s my next step if I want to learn more?
Simple – pick up your telephone and call our vein care specialist in Kauai to arrange for an initial consultation and screening, during which we will assess your vein health and recommend the most appropriate treatments.