More than 80 million people in the United States have problems with their veins, the vessels that return blood to the heart once it has circulated through the body. Many people suffering from venous disorders come to vein specialists looking for treatment to either relieve pain or improve the visible appearance of diseased veins.
Veins have one-way valves that help keep blood flowing in the proper direction. If these valves stop functioning the way they are supposed to, blood can flow backwards and pool in the vein, causing it to stretch.
These enlarged blood vessels fall into two groups: spider veins and varicose veins. Spider veins are visible on the surface of the skin as red, blue or purple lines. Varicose veins are larger and deeper and often look like bluish bumps under the skin.
What Are the Benefits of Vein Care Treatment?
Treatment of your vein problems offers many benefits from improving the way you feel about yourself to relieving irritating symptoms. Some of the benefits you can reap by having vein care treatment include:
- Improved self-esteem
- Reduced risk of blood clots
- Reduced itching
- Reduced throbbing, cramps, or restless legs
- Alleviation of pain in the area of damaged veins, frequently in legs
- Improved comfort when walking and moving around
- Improved quality of sleep
- Reduction in leg swelling
Talk to us about what the unique benefits may be for you.
Dr. Stevens and our staff make sure you are fully informed of all of the risks and benefits. We'll also discuss how we mitigate risks and what you can do to prepare for treatment.
Who Are the Ideal Candidates for Vein Care Treatment?
Ideal candidates for vein care treatment are patients who have varicose or spider veins or are symptomatic. Another ideal candidate might be someone who is overweight or was pregnant several months ago or longer, either of which can put extra stress on veins. Someone whose job requires standing for long periods of time or sitting for hours without moving around might be an ideal candidate for vein care treatment. Painful legs from venous ulcers or overall swelling in legs can also make you an ideal candidate for vein care treatment.
Can I Combine Vein Procedures?
Treatments can be done over several visits, but generally not during the same visit. Each case is unique and comes with benefits and risks of vein care treatment. Sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation are both minimally invasive, and do not require you to take any sick days from work or stay off your feet. Dr. Stevens might suggest wearing compression stockings temporarily or ongoing. Discuss which type of treatment or multiple treatments would be best for your situation.
How Long Will the Results of My Vein Care Treatment Last?
Again, since your situation is unique, there is no definite timeframe for how long results will last. Each type of treatment also has a different timeline, depending on the severity of the veins that require special care. Depending on your treatment plan, we will discuss what results you can expect and what future treatment may benefit you. Generally, these treatments are long-lasting.
What Are the Risks of Vein Care Treatment?
Any medical procedure has risks and the exact risks depend on the treatment. Risks that could come with receiving vein care treatment are minimal, but they include:
- Inflammation of blood vessels, or nerves
- Darkening of skin
- Blood clot
Venefit™ - The Venefit™ procedure is a minimally invasive alternative to vein stripping for the treatment of varicose veins and its common underlying cause, venous reflux. Learn More»
Venous Duplex Scanning - Venous duplex ultrasound is used to diagnose vascular conditions in the legs. This procedure can effectively detect blood clots in the legs that may cause dangerous conditions. Learn More»
Sclerotherapy - Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive medical procedure used to treat varicose and spider veins, most commonly found on the legs, by collapsing them through the use of a solvent. Learn More»
Veinlite® Assessment - Veinlite® vein finders use innovative technology to provide accurate visualization and mapping of varicose veins. By providing outstanding clarity, Veinlite® vein finders assist in the treatment of damaged veins. Learn More»
Wound Care & Lymphedema Treatment - Lymphedema results from insufficient drainage of lymphatic fluid in an extremity. The resultant pooling of lymphatic fluid causes the extremity to swell, which can lead to infection or ulceration. Lymphedema may be caused by any of several disease processes, or may be a congenital condition. Learn More»
Patient Education - Vein Care
There are a plethora of websites on the internet that provide health information, but unfortunately, many of them are either inaccurate or out-of-date. The following is a compilation of online resources that we trust to provide reliable, current information about vein disorders and treatment methods. Learn More»
Vein Care Testimonials
Our staff at Premier Heart and Vein Care show our patients that we are putting there need first. So it’s especially meaningful to us when they share their experiences. Here is what some of our patients had to say about us:
"Dear Dr. Stevens –Thank you so very much for the awesome work you and your fine staff did on my legs. I was not expecting such wonderful results. I feel like my health has been restored. I could not have had a finer Christmas gift. All my regards for a blessed Holiday Season… Yours Truly"
"Thank you to Dr. Stevens and all the team members who took great care with me – including office and book keeping staff – I am a grateful client. Best wishes."
Meet With a Vein Specialist
To schedule an appointment for Vein Care treatment or to meet with a vein specialist, please call us at 805-540-3333 or fill out an online contact form and our office will be in touch with you. Thank you for choosing Premier Heart and Vein Care in San Luis Obispo, CA, we look forward to meeting with you!