Varicose Vein Education and Information
Dr. Cardone of Vena – The Varicose Vein Institute is one of the leading varicose vein treatment doctors in the Milwaukee area. With extensive experience and knowledge, Dr. Cardone and his dedicated staff are your go-to experts for vein disease.
Your First Visit: What to Expect
During your initial consultation at Vena, Dr. Cardone will perform a comprehensive venous evaluation of both legs. Your medical, surgical and prior venous treatment history will be thoroughly evaluated. An ultrasound of both legs will be performed. The ultrasound helps Dr. Cardone to understand which veins are bad and which ones are good, allowing him and the staff to put together a map of the venous system of both your left and right lower extrimity. The ultrasound together with your history and physical examination will be vitally important as the presentation of this information to the insurance company will determine whether or not they will provide insurance coverage of your treatment. They are usually trying to decide whether your treatment is for a medical or cosmetic issue.
Following the above mentioned procedures, Dr. Cardone and staff will review all of the information and determine which treatment plan will be best to alieviate your varicose vein symptoms. This treatment plan may include just one type of treatment or a combination of different treatments. (See section on treatment options.)
Varicose Vein Symptoms
Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted, rope-like veins positioned right below the surface of the skin. In some cases, varicose veins can protrude or bulge from the skin. Any vein can become varicose, but these dark-blue, bulging veins most commonly occur in the legs and ankles. In some cases people have commented they don’t feel natural in their own skin. Varicose veins can be purely a cosmetic concern or can cause a number of symptoms including:
- A feeling of heaviness or aching in your legs, often worsening with sitting or standing for long periods of time
- Burning or throbbing leg pain
- Swelling in your ankles, and feet
- Leg cramping
- Itching around veins
More serious symptoms may include:
- Calf pain and swelling
- Changes to the skin
- Dry, thinning skin
- Changes in color
- Open sores
- Easy Bleeding
Who Gets Varicose Veins?
Varicose and spider veins can occur in men or women at any age, but are more likely to appear as one ages. While it is possible to develop them during the teenage years, it’s highly unlikley.Varicose veins affect 50% of women between the ages of 40 and 50, and 25% of men between the ages of 30 and 40. By the age 70, 75% of women and 50% of men suffer from varicose veins.
Varicose Vein Causes
Varicose veins are caused by increased vein pressure which leads to weakened valves or vein walls. Normally one-way vein valves keep your blood circulating from your leg back up to your heart. When these valves weaken, blood flows in the wrong direction and collects in your legs causing the veins to enlarge and twist. A variety of other factors can also cause or worsen varicose veins including:
- Leg injury
- Prolonged standing
Prior leg injuries or surgeries could have interrupted the normal blood flow, leading to weakened vessels. Pregnancy increases blood volume while increasing pressure on the veins in the legs due to the weight of the growing child. Suffering from a serious blood clot in a deep vein may also cause varicose veins because of the damage it may have caused to the valves. No matter what caused your varicose veins, they are typically not harmful to your health.
Complications of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins can be both painful and embarrassing. To the point where you avoid wearing any clothing which reveals any parts of your legs. The longer varicose veins are left untreated, the worse symptoms become. In some cases serious complications can occur including:
- Blood Clots
Varicose Vein Treatment
Fortunately there is hope! Vena Institute specializes in varicose veins treatment for both men and women and offers a number of minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatment options. Some of these include:
- Endovenous laser or radiofrequency ablation
- Ultrasound and non-ultrasound guided sclerotherapy
Upon completion of the varicose vein treatment with us you won’t believe the way your skin looked before to after. With our low cost options available it’s easy to see how our Milwaukee reviews are so high and why we come so highly recommended. Take back the control on how your legs look and don’t be afraid anymore to wear clothing which reveals your legs.
Varicose Vein Recovery Time
Depending on which one of our treatments is best suited for your needs, the recovery time differs. They normally don’t need any special treatment done to them during the recovery time, just avoiding flying or sitting for long periods of time post procedure. None of our procedures have down time longer than a day or two maximum.
Varicose Vein Treatment Before, During, and After Pregnancy
Treatment before Pregnancy
We advise not to get any treatment or go through any procedures if you are trying to get pregnant. If you are not trying to get pregnant, then you’re a good candidate to get treatment of varicose or spider veins. It’s better to solve and fix the veins before they go through the stress of future pregnancies. Treating them before pregnancy will prevent swelling.
It is advised to wait until after pregnancy to complete or perform any procedure to reduce your varicose veins.
With the increase of blood circulating through the body, increased pressure on your lower body, and surge of hormones like estrogen and progesterone – varicose veins are common in pregnant women. Estrogen and progesterone weaken the walls of the veins, making varicose veins form easier.
Varicose Veins after Pregnancy
Varicose veins will shrink after giving birth, but they won’t go back to the size they were before pregnancy. If you’ve had multiple pregnancies, a family history of varicose veins, are overweight, or stand for long periods of time every day, you will see less shrinking in the veins.
Self-Care for Varicose Veins
There are some at home remedies to help reduce the size and color of your varicose veins you can do in your own home. These steps include exercising daily, not standing for long periods during the day, elevating your legs, and wearing compression stockings. Doing these simple steps can help reduce pain if you are having any and help the varicose veins from getting worse.