Varicose veins are common in both men and women. They can appear as early as your 20s and are a problem for several reasons: they are unattractive, they cause symptoms, and they lead to complications. Venous disease is a spectrum of problems from spider veins up to large, bulging varicose veins. The underlying cause is the same: weak valves in the vessels that fail and lead to dilation. If this happens in a tiny vessel, you get a spider vein, or telangiectasia, and in a larger vein, a varicosity (varicose vein). Once they appear, they will not go away without treatment.
Symptoms vary from itch (common with spider veins), to dull aching, throbbing, heaviness or restlessness. Often the symptoms of venous disease can be the same as Restless Legs Syndrome.
The patient should have a proper vein evaluation, which may include a relevant history and physical, and a duplex ultrasound examination. These tests evaluate such factors as:
The first step would be to call in and book an appointment for a Vein Consultation. This consultation is covered by your valid Alberta Healthcare plan.
The following treatment options are available, please contact our office for more information.