REDI Diagnostics Corp
Radiology Imaging and Interventional Radiology located in Elmwood Park, NJ
Varicose and spider veins are damaged veins that can form on your legs, face, or anywhere on your body. While varicose and spider veins aren’t typically painful, they’re still a sign of vascular health problems and can cause issues with your self-confidence. If you’re troubled by damaged, unsightly veins, the physicians at REDI Diagnostics Corp in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, offer innovative varicose and spider vein treatments to remove them. Call REDI Diagnostic Corp or make an appointment online today to get started.
Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment Q&A
What are varicose and spider veins?
Varicose veins are swollen, blue, or purple veins that usually develop on your lower legs. While unsightly, they’re also a sign of vascular health issues.
The veins in your legs have valves that help push your blood back up to your heart. Varicose veins form when those valves are damaged or weak, which makes your blood flow less efficiently or even leak backward. Your blood can pool in the vein, and over time the vein swells and bulges, forming a varicose vein on your leg.
While you might want to have your varicose veins treated for cosmetic reasons, the vascular health issue that causes them also causes other symptoms such as:
- Aching, heavy-feeling legs
- Itching skin
- Changes in skin texture or color
You might want to brush these symptoms off as merely annoying, but it’s essential to talk to a cardiothoracic surgeon about your varicose veins as they could be a sign of a more serious vascular health issue.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are smaller damaged blood vessels that can appear on the surface of your face or legs. Like varicose veins, they can be blue, red, or purple; however, they’re not bulbous, and they usually look like fine lines or spider webs.
Factors like sun damage and placing excessive amounts of pressure on your blood vessels can lead to the development of spider veins.
When should I talk to a doctor about varicose or spider veins?
If you suffer from leg cramps or aches, especially after spending a long time on your feet, or if you notice that the skin on your legs, ankles, or feet has changed in color or texture, you should make an appointment at REDI Diagnostic Corp. Additionally, if your veins get more prominent, change shape, become warm to the touch, or diminish your self-confidence, you should schedule a consultation.
How are varicose and spider veins treated?
The team at REDI Diagnostic Corp offers a wide range of treatments for varicose and spider veins, including:
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
Endоvеnоuѕ lаѕеr аblаtіоn (EVLA) іѕ a hіghlу effective аnd minimally-іnvаѕіvе procedure which uses laser energy to cause the vein to соllарse quickly аnd then еvеntuаllу dіѕарреаr.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to heat and seal your varicose or spider veins. Your doctor uses ultrasound to guide a thin wire into your vein before releasing the radiofrequency energy.
Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for varicose and spider veins. Your doctor injects a sclerosant into the problematic vein, with the chemical causing the vein to collapse on itself and close. Over time, the blood drains, and your body absorbs the tissue.
Varithena is similar to sclerotherapy in that your doctor injects a chemical solution into your varicose or spider vein. The solution collapses your damaged vein and clots the blood causing the bulging. Over time, your body absorbs the sealed tissue.
If you’re concerned about your varicose or spider veins, call REDI Diagnostic Corp or make an appointment online today.
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