Varicose veins and their smaller cousins, spider veins, are the result of weakened vein walls and malfunctioning valves within the affected blood vessel(s). These visible veins are often a cosmetic concern but typically not considered a serious health condition — until they cause swelling, discomfort, and other troublesome symptoms.
Fortunately, there are many effective, minimally invasive options available for treating varicose veins and spider veins. But which vein treatment is best for your circumstance? Are new treatments available? Are your varicose veins related to an underlying medical issue? Why see a vascular surgeon?
Board-certified vascular surgeon Michael Gioscia, MD, is well-known for his expertise in treating varicose veins and spider veins at his busy practice, the Vein Institute of Westchester, in White Plains, New York.
Read what Dr. Gioscia has to say about the many benefits of seeing a vascular surgeon for diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins.
After becoming a physician, a vascular surgeon undergoes several years of training to become a surgeon and then completes further training that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and managing conditions in your blood vessels, which include arteries and veins.
With this amount of training and experience, a vascular surgeon can offer expert diagnosis concerning the cause of your malfunctioning veins. Additionally, Dr. Gioscia is certified in a specific subspecialty dedicated solely to the treatment of veins-The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. At the Vein Institute of Westchester, we’re also equipped to provide the latest and most effective treatment available for varicose and spider veins.
Most often occurring in the veins in your legs, varicose and spider veins are due to problems with blood vessel walls and malfunctioning valves within the vein. This is also referred to as venous insufficiency.
Veins are the blood vessels that return blood to your heart. Tiny valves inside the veins open and close periodically to help regulate the amount of blood flow. When a valve malfunctions or vein walls stretch and weaken, blood can pool in the vein. This can cause veins close to your skin surface to become visible.
Spider veins are those that create blue, red, or purple tracks across your skin. Varicose veins are those that may become purple, blue or otherwise discolored as they stretch, twist, and bulge with pooled blood.
As a vascular surgeon, Dr. Gioscia can identify the underlying issue(s) contributing to venous insufficiency, which can include:
Rarely, blood clots or a tumor causing pressure in the pelvic region can lead to vein problems in your legs.
During your initial consultation, 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.
Your personalized treatment plan may include conservative measures such as losing excess weight, propping your feet up when sitting, and other techniques to relieve the burden on your leg veins.
Minimally invasive treatments offered at the Vein Institute of Westchester include:
Schedule a visit today at the Vein Institute of Westchester for expert diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins. Call our office or book your appointment online.