When Varicose Veins Are Symptomatic

It’s true that varicose veins are often more a cosmetic concern than a health issue. But they’re also a signal that something has gone wrong with your circulatory system. 

Fortunately, whether you’re focused on their appearance or what they have to say about your health, a vein expert can help.

Michael F. Gioscia, MD, is a board-certified vascular surgeon and highly respected vein specialist who leads our team here at the Vein Institute of Westchester in White Plains, New York. 

Dr. Gioscia is highly respected for his medical expertise and commitment to providing the most effective and innovative treatments available for varicose veins. He’s happy to provide insight regarding symptomatic varicose veins and the treatments that can help.

What do varicose veins have to do with circulation?

Your circulatory system carries blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout your body. Veins are the blood vessels that return blood to your heart and lungs for refueling. 

Tiny valve-like structures within veins open and close regularly to keep the blood flowing at a steady rate and volume.

When the valves in your veins quit functioning normally, blood can back up and pool in the affected vein, or even flow backward. This causes the bulging, twisting, and discoloration associated with varicose veins. 

These often highly visible veins are most common in the legs, where veins must work against gravity to return blood to your heart, but they can occur anywhere in your body.

Because these damaged veins don’t move blood efficiently, they interfere with normal circulation in your legs. This can cause a variety of symptoms that you may not associate with varicose veins.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins and poor circulation?

Along with cosmetic concerns, varicose veins in the legs can lead to:

While rare, varicose veins also increase your risk of developing a blood clot or deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  

Treating varicose veins

During your initial consultation at the Vein Institute, Dr. Gioscia takes the time to fully evaluate your leg veins and devise the most effective treatment plan. This isn't a one-fix-for-all practice. Dr. Gioscia has extensive experience in all possible solutions.

Treatment for your varicose veins may include:

Each of these in-office therapies provides highly effective results with minimal to no discomfort and quick recovery time.

You don’t have to live with those unsightly and sometimes painful varicose veins. Schedule a visit with Dr. Gioscia at the Vein Institute of Westchester today.

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