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If you have varicose veins or spider veins then you have
come to the right place.  We can help relieve your
symptoms and improve your appearance.  If you take action
to treat your varicose veins, you will not only feel and
look better but you will help prevent further complications
(such as dermatitis, venostasis disease, or
thrombophlebitis).

Description:
Varicose veins are swollen often-twisted bulging veins and can appear
purplish in color. They commonly occur in legs but can also develop in other
areas of the body. Hemorrhoids are also a type of varicose vein.  However,
you may have symptoms before visible signs surface (see list below).  

Veins carry blood from organs and tissues back to the heart.  All blood
flows in one direction and there are one-way valves to help facilitate this
flow.  Our blood flow pushes the valves open (similar to a one way door)
and then if gravity or muscular contractions try to reverse the flow, the
valves close shut.  When these valves do not work properly, as in varicose
veins, the blood flows backwards causing the veins to fill and enlarge.  It is
when these valves weaken, get damaged or just don’t work properly that
varicose veins develop.

The underlying root cause of varicose veins is of multiple origins.  There are
theories that hereditary factors cause vein walls to become weak and lose
their elasticity.  As the veins start to deteriorate, the valves also start to
separate.  Other factors that can cause an increased risk to varicose veins
include: occupations which require standing for long periods of time,
obesity, hormonal fluctuations such as in pregnancies or menopause,
traumas (e.g., post surgery) and normal aging.

Very Common:
Varicose veins affect about 50% of individuals over age 50 and are more
common in women than men.  It is estimated that 80 million people have
varicose veins and by the age of 70, approximately 70% of women are
affected.  Your chances of developing varicose veins increases as you age.

Signs & Symptoms:
The most common symptoms and signs include:
• Swollen and enlarged veins
• Blue or purplish veins near the skin surface
• Leg heaviness and tire easily
• Swelling in legs, ankles and/or feet
• Numbness
• Painful or achy legs
• Skin Ulcers
• Blood Clots
• Leg cramps at night
• Skin darkness or discoloring
• Itching and/or rash
• No Pain - not everyone has pain

Treatments:
We offer several treatment plans depending on the severity of your
situation.  Also, even if you are not experiencing symptoms, you may still
want to improve your cosmetic appearance.  Our medical and surgical
procedures for varicose veins involve removing or closing the veins.  The
doctor will discuss the various treatment options for your situation,
recovery periods and possible side effects during your appointment.  Our
doctor is trained and experienced in performing the following procedures:

Sclerotherapy - This is the most common treatment therapy and involves
injecting a solution into the vein.  This method is primarily used for smaller
varicose veins or spider veins.  This solution (usually thromboject) causes
the walls of the vein to stick together and seal them shut. Stopping the
blood flow will cause the vein tissue to scar. Then in a few weeks, the vein
should naturally fade away. Sometimes several treatments are necessary
(every 4 to 6 weeks). Improvement success rates run from 50% to 90%.
This is a very simple procedure and does not require anesthesia.  Most
individuals return to their normal activity immediately following the
procedure.

Laser Surgery - This latest and new technology offers laser surgery for
smaller varicose veins.  Laser surgery involves the use of strong bursts of
light energy to cause the vein to fade away.  The advantage of this
technique is that there are no incisions or injections and it is very direct
and accurate.  Laser treatments take about 15 to 20 minutes and
additional treatments may be necessary (depending on the severity of the
situation).  Most individuals return to their normal activity immediately
following this procedure as well.

Radiofrequency Ablation - This procedure is necessary for deeper or
larger varicose veins but is still considered a minimally invasive surgical
technique.  The technique uses laser or radiowave energy to heat and close
the vein.  A small incision is made in order to insert a small tube into your
vein.  On the tip of the tube is a small device that heats up and causes the
vein to shrink and close.  Using local anesthesia, the doctor will numb the
area where the tube will be inserted. You will be awake during the
procedure and you can usually go home the same day.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy - This surgery is typically for varicose veins
that are close to the surface of the skin. Small incisions are made in order
to remove the vein from the leg. Usually the vein can be removed in one
visit. This procedure can be used for very large varicose veins and leaves
only small tiny scars.  Most individuals return to their normal activity the
day following the procedure.


Make an Appointment Today...

Call our Hackensack, NJ Office for an appointment today!
(201) 488-6445

During your physical exam, we will cover the treatment options available for
your condition.  We will also explain the positives and negatives of each
option.  You will be able to make an informed decision and one that is best
for you.


Preparation Procedures for a Laser Treatment:
We need you to avoid sunlight at least four weeks before your treatment,
and also during and after your treatment.  We cannot treat skin that has
been recently exposed to lots of sunlight and you should not use any
tanning or skin darkening lotions at least six weeks before the procedure
and for several weeks after the treatment.  After the treatment, we
recommend that you use at least a SPF 30 on your treated areas.  

Note: although our treatment plans will help reduce or eliminate current
varicose veins, there are no procedures or treatment plans to prevent new
varicose veins from developing.  Following the below action items may help
reduce your chances though.


How to Ease Symptoms:
(before your visit)
• Wear Loose Clothing (do not constrict waist, groin – upper thighs or legs)
• Wear Support Stockings
• Avoid Standing or Sitting for Long Periods
• Elevate Your Legs When at Rest
• When Sitting - Do Not Cross Legs
• Exercise to Work Legs (walking)
• Lose Weight (if overweight)
Varicose Veins
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