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 […]
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!
VenaSeal® is an effective treatment for chronic superficial venous insufficiency, the underlying cause of many varicose veins. VenaSeal® uses a state-of-the-art medical glue to seal those veins that have improper blood flow. It has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and is a safe, minimally-invasive procedure. The varicose vein treatment involves the insertion of a small catheter into the affected vein. A small amount of the VenaSeal® Medical Glue is then gradually released into the vein under ultrasound guidance. The glue causes the vein to close, and the blood to be instantly rerouted through healthier veins. Patients can return to their daily activities after the treatment. When you visit Dr. Rosen, a board-certified vein specialist, feel free to ask more about VenaSeal®. In fact, over an hour of time is reserved for your initial consultation with Dr. Rosen, so you can ask as many questions as you like! Varicose veins in the legs are typically caused by blood that is not moving properly back to the heart. Instead of moving upwards in a one-way direction, the blood pools in the veins under the force of gravity. When you have a VenaSeal® procedure, you may expect: Dr. Rosen may take an ultrasound to map out the affected vein A local anesthetic may be applied to a small area of your lower leg Using a special applicator, the medical glue is inserted into the vein through a specialized IV catheter There is no down time: you will be encouraged to walk after the procedure and can resume work and most other normal daily activities immediately. Dr. Rosen advises keeping active every day to help maintain good circulation. It is not recommended to stand for long periods, so if you have a job that requires it, make sure you find some time to “take a load off.” Sit during your breaks. If your varicose veins are affecting you physically or emotionally, Rosen Vein Care has treatment options available. Our goal is to empower you with knowledge to be able to make the best, informed decisions for your treatment. Our vein clinic […]
For me, being a doctor is really a privilege. I go to work each day in my Chicago area clinic devoted to treating varicose and spider veins on the legs, looking forward to seeing patients and helping them have legs that feel and look better. I have to admit it, but I actually have fun doing what I do!