The veins and arteries are your body’s highways that allow blood to flow efficiently from your heart to every other region of the body and back again. You can experience trouble if your blood is unable to flow smoothly. Many vascular conditions can be treated without surgery, but you may need to be examined by a surgeon in Barron to determine the best option for you. The two most common conditions are varicose veins and peripheral artery disease.
Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins. Any vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet. For many people, varicose veins and spider veins — a common, mild variation of varicose veins — are simply a cosmetic concern. For other people, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort.
Try these self-care options first to ease varicose vein pain or stop varicose veins from worsening:
If you're concerned about how your veins look and feel, and self-care measures haven't stopped your condition from getting worse, see your doctor.
You may have heard stories from the past about vein stripping or other invasive treatments for varicose veins. These treatments required a long recovery time and left long scars on the legs. Technology has advanced, and there are many minimally-invasive treatment options that can make a difference with little to no downtime or scarring, including:
The process of destroying the veins with these techniques begins immediately, and most people see full results in about two months. After the treatment, your blood circulation is not reduced because it already has been rerouted to other healthy veins nearby.
Peripheral artery disease, also called peripheral arterial disease, is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. When you develop peripheral artery disease (PAD), your extremities — usually your legs — don't receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This causes symptoms, most notably leg pain when walking.
If medications and lifestyle changes do not provide symptom relief or stop the progression, you may need to be examined by a surgeon to discuss minimally-invasive procedures, such as: