Varicose veins affect over 25 million people who must deal with the discomfort and aching pain they cause. At Lone Star Vein Center with two locations in Pasadena and The Woodlands, Texas, vein specialist Peter Morgan, MD, specializes in treating varicose veins with a number of methods, including radiofrequency ablation and breakthrough laser technology. To learn more and discuss your vein concerns with Dr. Morgan, call one of the two offices or schedule online today.
Varicose veins are enlarged veins near the surface of your skin that are usually the result of weakened valves and veins in your feet and legs. If you have varicose veins, you might experience burning or itching skin, ulcers, and restless legs.
Venous reflux disease is also known as chronic venous insufficiency — when your veins are no longer able to bring your old and used blood back up from your legs, often due to a failure of the tiny one-way valves. There are various risk factors for varicose veins:
As you age, your valves can weaken, and your veins can lose elasticity.
Excess body weight can put too much pressure on your leg veins.
If you have a job like nursing that involves you standing on your feet for long hours, you may be more likely to develop varicose veins.
Inactivity, regular heavy lifting, overexertion, and family history are other potential causes of varicose veins. In rare cases, other conditions, such as blood clots, abnormal blood vessels, and a tumor or swelling in the pelvis, can lead to varicose veins.
Fluctuating female hormones can relax the vein walls, making the valves more likely to leak. Hormonal changes can occur due to:
Varicose veins might appear during the later months of pregnancy when the uterus exerts pressure on the leg veins. With pregnancy, the amount of blood increases to support your growing fetus, and this also can put a strain on your veins.
Dr. Morgan might suggest you start a new regular exercise routine or wear compression stockings. He offers a variety of treatments for varicose veins:
With sclerotherapy, Dr. Morgan uses a special foam to close your veins.
With endovenous laser treatment, Dr. Morgan applies a local anesthetic to numb the area and inserts a thin fiber (laser device) into your damaged vein through a very small entry point in your skin. Laser light is emitted through the fiber as Dr. Morgan pulls the fiber back through the vein, causing the vein to seal shut.
Dr. Morgan performs the venefit radiofrequency ablation procedure where he uses ultrasound to position a tiny catheter into your varicose vein. Radiofrequency energy is delivered through the catheter to heat and seal your vein.
With most professional vein treatments, your blood is automatically routed to your other healthy veins, and you can resume your normal daily activities immediately after your appointment. Call Lone Star Vein Center or click to book online.