Questions to ask about vein disease

If you find yourself with spider veins, varicose veins or other signs of vein disease, you may have a million questions about when to seek medical treatment and what can be done to treat your problem. Here are some frequently asked questions about vein disease and treatment options.

  1. What is vein disease? Vein disease, venous insufficiency or venous reflux, is when the valves in your veins don’t circulate blood back to the heart and lungs efficiently. 
  2. How do I know I have vein disease? Even if you don’t have visible veins, you may still suffer from the symptoms of vein disease. If you experience leg heaviness or fatigue after a long day on your feet, if you have prolonged swelling or edema, itching, burning, aching, throbbing, numbness or tingling in your legs, restless leg syndrome or skin discoloration, ulceration or other changes, then you may have vein disease. 
  3. How did I get vein disease? If you have a strong family history of vein disease, you may be more susceptible. Professions that require a lot of sitting or standing for long periods of time, or if you’ve had previous injuries or surgeries on the leg can all lead to vein disease. 
  4. Do I need to treat my vein disease? Typically, your doctor will start with more conservative treatment such as improving your diet, encouraging more exercise, elevating feet when at rest and wearing compression stockings to treat symptoms, but the disease may progress and get worse, which would mean getting medical procedures such as sclerotherapy to treat varicose veins. 
  5. How is vein disease diagnosed? To properly see what’s going on with your veins, you will undergo a vein screening. This non-invasive test screens and maps out a person’s veins and how they are functioning to determine if there is a problem and how best to treat it. 
  6. How long do vein procedures take? Most procedures are outpatient and last around an hour, including prep time. 

If you are concerned about whether you have vein disease and ways to treat it, call 817-893-2699 to schedule an appointment and learn more.

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