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When vein valves fail, reflux or reversal of flow occurs. This condition leads to increased internal pressure on the vein wall and pooling of blood below the valve, resulting in dilation or bulging that is visible through the skin. Varicose veins range in size from large, protuberant veins to smaller blue veins called reticular veins and finally to tiny web-like veins called spider veins. The typical distribution of spider veins occurs in the ankles, lower inner thighs and the front and sides of the thighs.
Reticular veins are most often noted in the outer thighs, extending into the backs of the thighs and knees. Varicose veins can usually be traced from the upper inside of the thigh, sometimes branching extensively into the calves, ankles and even into the foot. Varicose veins are often regarded as a cosmetic nuisance, but in reality, they also present potentially serious health problems that can be corrected with proper therapy. The larger varicosities put the patient at risk for phlebitis (painful inflammation), brownish discoloration of the skin, dermatitis and, in advanced cases, clot formation with ulceration and permanent scarring. Reticular veins may or may not develop into severe health hazards, but they are often accompanied by significant symptoms of local tenderness or burning and itching.
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Your lower extremities are made up of veins. Actice healthy veins have valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart. Venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become diseased or damaged. This often causes blood to pool in your legs and lead to symptoms such as swelling, pain, leg heaviness, swollen limbs and fatigue, skin changes and skin ulcers, as well as varicose veins.
The following brief video explains how varicose veins form:
Superficial venous reflux often results in varicose veins and other painful symptoms. Varicose veins are known for their distinctive blue color and bulging appearance under the skin. They afflict an estimated 10%-20% of the adult population. In the United States, that translates into 20-25 million people, the majority of whom are women.
Vein Care Specialist of South Florida is pleased to offer the VNUS Closure® procedure, in addition to other treatment modalities for comprehensive management of vein disease. The Closure procedure is a minimally invasive treatment alternative for many patients suffering from varicose veins of the legs.
The VNUS Closure procedure revolutionized varicose vein surgery, by providing a means to safely--and virtually painlessly--perform varicose vein treatment on an in-office basis.