These Vein Doctors in Bergen County Know Exactly How to Help Their Patients
As respected varicose vein doctors in Bergen County, we have been asked many questions over the years by new patients. But because the same questions keep coming up, it demonstrates the need for more patient education. So in this article we’ll present answers to the “Top 5,” the questions we’re asked most often.
- What exactly are varicose veins?
Healthy veins work because of tiny, one-way valves that open to allow blood to be pumped back to the heart, and then close immediately afterwards. If these valves become diseased they can become “leaky” and fail to close, allowing blood to flow back into the veins and pool there. This causes the veins to become swollen and discolored as they take on the bluish-purple color of deoxygenated blood. The damaged veins – now referred to as varicose – can no longer supply muscles with the oxygen and nutrients they need, so circulation is impaired and may result in tired, aching, and swollen legs and ankles.
- Why do some people get varicose veins and some don’t?
With varicose veins, we can’t really talk about causes per se, because they can appear in anyone, male or female, and at any age. However, there are certain risk factors that make it more likely that you will develop varicose veins. The three most important risk factors are your age (your risk goes up as you get older), your gender (for hormonal reasons, women are more at risk than men), and your heredity (if your parents or grandparents had varicose veins, you’re more likely to get them). In addition, there are lifestyle risk factors – smoking, inactivity (sitting too much and not getting enough exercise), and being overweight or obese – that you can lower by changing your behavior.
- Can my varicose veins be healed?
Unfortunately, the answer to this frequently asked question is “No.” Once the valves in your veins have been damaged, they can’t be repaired. You can help to manage some of the side effects with compression stockings and exercise, but to get rid of the unsightly veins themselves (and the problems they cause), the veins have to be removed completely. In the past, this could only be done with a surgical process called “vein stripping,” which was as awful and as painful as it sounds. Fortunately, modern techniques allow your Bergen County vein doctors to eliminate varicose veins permanently using minimally-invasive procedures that are so painless that most patients don’t even ask for a local anesthetic, and so fast that you can literally get rid of your varicose veins on your lunch hour.
- If you remove the diseased veins, won’t that harm my circulation?
No, because when a varicose vein is closed using a procedure like sclerotherapy or endovenous laser therapy (EVLT), your body automatically compensates by routing the flow of blood back to your heart via healthier veins in the area. The collapsed veins are absorbed into surrounding muscle tissue and no longer can be seen on the surface of your legs, restoring their original beauty. Best, once the diseased veins are gone, your vitality and energy return, and the tiredness, cramping and weakness caused by the varicose veins goes away.
- If I have my varicose veins removed, will they grow back?
No. Once a diseased vein has been successfully closed, it is gone forever. It is possible to develop new varicose veins, but an integral part of your treatment at Cross County Cardiology is to provide follow-up and advice to lower your risk factors and ensure that this does not happen.
So what’s my next step if I want to get rid of my varicose veins?
Pick up your phone and set up an appointment for a venous health screening. Then allow us to use our training and expertise to help you eliminate your varicose veins forever. You’ll be happy you did.