about varicose veins
Varicose Vein disease is a disease caused by high pressure in the veins. The hallmark of varicose vein disease is valvular incompetence with reflux of blood in the veins of the lower extremities.
About 60% of the U.S. population have some degree of varicose veins.
the need for competent valves
The lower extremity venous system needs competent valves to control pressure and regulate blood flow. Leaking, or incompetent valves allow blood to reflux (flow the wrong way). This results in high venous pressure. The high venous pressure causes varicose veins, reticular veins, and spider veins.
abnormal venous return
Superficial vein walls lack the strength to withstand high pressure. The increased pressure causes the veins to dilate and become tortuous. The recirculation of deoxygenated blood filled with metabolic waste products further damages the tissues and skin of the legs. Ultimately, the tissue gets firm, discolored and may break down resulting in painful ulcers.
varicose vein treatment
At the Laramie Medical Spa and Vein Center we use a combination of Laser and Sclerotherapy to treat venous disease. All treatments are performed in the office. Most people return to there normal routine the next day.
The keys to successful treatment of varicose vein, reticular veins, and spider veins:
- Treat the highest point of reflux first
- Treat Larger Veins before treating smaller ones
- Apply Pressure