Many misconceptions abound about vein disease treatment. Why? Because many people don’t really understand what vein disease is all about, or they associate vein disease with outdated treatments that their mothers or aunts had. With this article, we hope to clear up some of the most common misconceptions about vein treatments.
What misconceptions might Flower Mound residents have about vein disease in general?
Many people think varicose veins and spider veins are simply a cosmetic problem, or an inevitable and harmless consequence of aging. However, neither is true. Varicose veins occur as a result of venous insufficiency, which occurs when the walls of our veins, and the tiny valves inside our veins, begin to weaken. They may weaken due to aging, heredity, or lifestyle factors, but the end result is that blood is not efficiently moved through the veins back to the heart, and instead pools in the legs. This pooling leads to swollen legs & ankles, impaired circulation, and the bulging, twisted veins we see on or near the surface of the skin.
Left untreated, varicose veins can have some pretty serious consequences, such as deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots. You might not even know you have a blood clot, and if it breaks free and travels to the heart, lungs or brain, it could become a deadly embolism. Over 300,000 people in the US die from embolisms each year, which is why it’s important to correct the misconception that vein disease is merely a cosmetic problem.
What are the most common misconceptions about vein disease treatment in Texas?
Many people still think of vein stripping, which is a lengthy, uncomfortable procedure, when they think of vein disease treatment. Today, modern technologies have led to the use of minimally invasive treatments, meaning treatments that are administered through tiny incisions in the skin. These procedures include sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy and endovenous laser treatment (EVLT). Dr. Robert Handley, director of Flower Mound Vein Center, performs the procedures right in our Dallas, TX area office, with no need to go to a hospital or have a long recovery period. In fact, you’ll be back on your feet and on your way the same day.
To learn more about modern vein disease treatments and find out which might be best for your particular situation, please contact the Flower Mound Vein Center at 972-410-5757. We look forward to meeting you.