Varicose Veins Q & A
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are the result of breakdown of the valves in veins. As the blood circulates, the valves help keep the blood going from the toes back to the heart.
Varicose veins can occur over time as we age, and the valves break down. They occur more often in women. They can happen in pregnancy, with obesity and from family history.
Varicose veins occur when the blood begins to pool in the veins in the legs. This can cause the veins to become enlarged and dilated, turning them a dark blue or purple color.
Ultrasounds performed in the office can help to detect varicose veins and help doctors to determine their severity.
What is Covidien Vein Ablation?
Covidien Vein Ablation is an in-office procedure that uses radiofrequency waves to close the damaged vein and send blood into the healthy veins. By closing the damaged veins, the pressure on the dialted veins is reduced and the varicosities go away.
During the procedure, a needle in inserted and a catheter is placed in the vein to treat the vein with radiofrequency waves and close it.
With the damaged veins closed, blood is redirected into healthy veins and circulation is restored.
Can Varicose Veins be Prevented?
Varicose veins may not be able to be prevented. People who are subject to vascular problems due to their genetic makeup may be predisposed to varicose and spider veins.
Even though varicose veins cannot be prevented, the risk of having them can be reduced. By maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, elevating your legs and wearing compression stockings when indicated can help decrease the risk of veins.