As a board certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Brennig is uniquely qualified to provide the highest level of care when treating patients with cosmetic and complex vein conditions.Read More
Varicose Veins Explained
Varicose veins are unhealthy veins that have become enlarged due to increased pressure within the vein. This condition is most frequently the result of weakened or damaged valves in the veins. A number of studies have confirmed that there is a genetic link in many of those affected by varicose veins. Valve damage can be worsened when they are subjected to increased stresses or pressures. Many factors can contribute to increased pressure on these valves, including pregnancy, prolonged standing, previous leg injury, and the aging process. More serious conditions such as vein clots, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can result in permanent damage to the vein valves and thus, cause varicose veins.
These damaged veins typically appear as bumps or lumpy areas under the skin. They may be quite tender and can cause symptoms of fatigue, aching pain, heaviness, swelling and in advanced cases, chronic skin scaring or sores.
Treatment of Varicose Veins
In the past, treating varicose veins meant removal of these veins with surgery at the hospital. Today, we are able to eliminate these damaged veins much more gently, safely and effectively in the comfort of our office.