Varicose and Spider Veins FAQ

Varicose and Spider Veins FAQ

What are Varicose Veins & Spider Veins? Varicose Veins are enlarged, often twisty veins that bulge from the surface of the skin. Most commonly on the legs & thighs. Spider Veins are smaller, web-like collections of veins. They can be varying shades of red or blue. Although mostly isolated abnormalities, they can also be the “tip of the iceberg” of significant underlying venous disease. What causes Varicose Veins & Spider Veins? Frequently, issues in larger, deeper veins, which live unseen beneath the surface, can be the root cause of surface abnormalities. The “job” of leg veins is to help channel flow back up to the heart. Since they have to work against gravity, leg muscles are used to “pump” the flow upward. This flow is kept moving in a one-way, upward direction by means of venous valves. Valve malfunction can lead to wrong-way, downward flow or Reflux. Chronic reflux stretches veins living at the surface often to the point of bulging. Chronic reflux can also lead to chronic leg symptoms. Symptoms are often worse after prolonged standing/sitting. What are some common symptoms of chronic venous disease? Heaviness Tired legs Swelling Cramps “Restless” legs Chronic red/brown discoloration, mainly at the lower legs How common are Varicose & Spider Veins? Extremely! About half of men and women in the US will have some form of venous disease in their lifetime. What are risk factors for developing Varicose & Spider Veins? Genetics: If one/both parents have significant vein disease, you are more likely to develop superficial venous issues. Vein disease affects both Men & Women. Pregnancies: Each pregnancy can increase the risk of developing worsening vein issues due to extra pressure on vein valves and increased stretching of veins. Other factors, such as increasing age, obesity and lack of exercise can also play a role. What are some of the treatments for Varicose & Spider veins? Is surgery required? No, surgery is no longer the mainstay of superficial vein treatments. State-of-the-art care of underlying significant, superficial vein disease includes minimally-invasive procedures such as Endovenous Laser Ablation, Clarivein® and VenaSeal® procedures. Varicose and Spider […]

Non-Surgical Vein Treatments

Many have been dealing with varicose veins for years, thinking there was nothing they could do except shrug their shoulders and suffer in silence. But safe, affordable, NON-SURGICAL solutions do exist. You’ll need to find out from a vein specialist just what solutions are suitable for your situation. At Rosen Vein Care, our varicose vein and spider vein treatment clinic located in the Chicago and North Shore area, we offer non-surgical vein treatments that can help deal with troubling varicose veins and spider veins. Choose Sclerotherapy Sclerotherapy can be a highly effective way of dealing with varicose veins. You can choose sclerotherapy that injects foam or another type of medication into those problematic veins in order to seal them. Eventually, they will be absorbed by your body and fade away. Consider Endovenous Laser Ablation Another non-surgical vein treatment option, endovenous laser ablation, involves the use of a specialized laser to safely, effectively and permanently heat-seal problematic veins shut. The veins are sealed without causing any damage to your skin or surrounding tissues by using ultrasound-guidance and local anesthetic only: sedation is never required. New, State-of the-Art Techniques The latest and likely most comfortable treatments do not require heat to permanently seal problematic veins. Clarivein® as well as VenaSeal® are the latest options available to deal with underlying problematic vein flow within superficial lower extremity veins. Ask Dr. Rosen About Non-Surgical Options for Vein Treatments If you have had enough of your struggles with varicose veins, Dr. Rosen is here to help. Make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation where Dr. Rosen will personally evaluate your veins. He will review your health history as well as teach you about the nature of vein disease and specifically how it has affected you. Once he has examined your veins and discussed your wishes, it will be possible to choose the best course of treatment for you. Our clinic proudly serves the Chicago as well as North Shore area. Contact us today at 847-272-8346 to get started!

No Mo’ FOMO! Now is the Best Time to Get Your Spider Veins and Varicose Veins Treated

FOMO, or the “fear of missing out”, is that anxious feeling we get when, if we don’t do something in particular, we feel we may be missing something fantastic. As in, “I’m completely exhausted, but if I don’t go to Bob and Betty’s party, I’m going to really miss a good time.” In my case, I actually have FOMO for my patients. Here’s why: Millions of people (literally) suffer from varicose veins and spider veins. They suffer physically from legs that feel tired, heavy and achy as well as swell up, get crampy and throb… and even feel “restless” after standing/sitting for a prolonged period of time. They suffer emotionally from fears of wearing clothes, such as shorts, skirts and swimsuits, that they’d otherwise love to wear. They are apprehensive about moments of intimacy. They suffer needlessly. I fear that many people in the Chicago and North Shore area may be missing out on AMAZING solutions I offer to solve their problems. The state-of-the-art treatments for varicose veins and spider veins that I offer my patients in the Chicago area vein clinic, Rosen Vein Care, are: Safe Effective Convenient: There’s no downtime. Patients can resume most routine activities immediately after treatments. You’ll be fine driving yourself to/from appointments. Comfortable: No sedation is needed. Little or no local anesthetic is required. My patients and I chat and listen to music during treatments. Need to get work done? Need to keep up with the latest news or Facebook posts… or keep binge-watching your favorite Netflix show? No problem, keep your cell phone on you. We have Wi-Fi. Affordable: Many patients are surprised to discover that many treatments may be covered by insurance, including Medicare! For those who are currently uninsured, payment plans can be arranged. We don’t turn anyone away and do our best to make treatments affordable for all! Most of all, we work really hard to make treating your chronic vein issues as pleasant an experience as possible. I used a very simple approach to making this happen: I designed my practice with the principle of “How would I want […]

How Does a Compression Stocking Help to Promote Blood Flow?

Compression stockings are used to treat a range of ailments. This includes swelling of the legs or blood accumulation in the legs when a person is standing still or sitting for an extended period of time. It is not uncommon for providers to recommend their use after a procedure to encourage blood flow. The last thing that a caring doctor wants is for anything to interfere with a patient’s recovery. Individuals who have circulation issues, who have developed varicose veins, or who have other health issues may not be able to effectively move the blood out of their legs and return it toward the heart for proper circulation. This can leave them with discomfort and swelling. Compression socks work because they produce a graduated compression. This means that compression socks are tighter around your ankles and your calves than they are around your thighs. Compression stockings are prescribed by a medical professional. So before you use them, your medical professional will identify the issue that you are having with the blood flow in your legs and help you to determine which compression stocking is right for you. Compression stockings do not come in a one-size-fits-all form. Different stockings are designed to squeeze at different strengths. Some are only designed to come up to your knees. Using one that is too tight could have a negative consequence. Or wearing compression stockings that do not have enough compression can render them less effective. So whether they are being worn to improve blood flow as a result of a minimally-invasive procedure or a problem with your veins, compression stockings are a valuable tool that can help improve your quality of life. While compression stockings help to improve symptoms and improve blood flow out of the legs, state-of-the-art vein care offers new options that may improve flow. Ultimately, many patients have been able to reduce symptoms and improve the look of their legs with such procedures. Once the treatment plan has been completed, many patients no longer need to wear stockings on a regular basis. At Rosen Vein Care, in Chicago, Dr. Rosen will […]