Varicose Veins in Hattiesburg, MS
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What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that no longer function properly and appear on the surface of your skin, typically causing pain and potentially leading to other complications, like blood clots, inflammation, or venous ulcerations. These abnormal veins can form anywhere on the body but generally appear on the lower legs. Dr. J. Keith Thompson, a board-certified vein specialist at Vein Institute Hattiesburg, offers a wide variety of nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatment options for varicose veins. To learn how you can put an end to these bulgy, damaged veins, contact our Hattiesburg, MS, practice to schedule an appointment.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins occur when the tiny valves within your veins become weak or damaged. As blood pressure rises, the weakened veins produce a buildup of blood that causes the veins to stretch, twist, and enlarge. Blood can't move as effectively through the damaged veins, causing the appearance of varicose veins. Common reasons varicose veins may develop include:
- Standing for long periods of time
How Are Varicose Veins Treated?
At Vein Institute of South Mississippi, our team can diagnose the issue by providing a venous duplex ultrasound during your consultation and will provide treatment options tailored to your specific situation and goals. Some of our treatments for varicose vein reduction or ablation include:
- Endovenous laser treatment: uses laser energy to close varicose veins, redirecting blood flow through healthier veins
- Radiofrequency ablation: seals varicose veins and accelerates the healing of venous ulcers
- VenaSeal™: applies medical adhesive to varicose veins through a catheter to close them off
- Varithena®: uses an injectable foam to collapse varicose veins and direct blood flow to healthier veins
- ClariVein®: combines the use of a medical catheter and an injectable solution to treat varicose veins
- Sclerotherapy: injects a solution into the veins, causing them to turn into scar tissue and fade away
- Microphlebectomy: removes varicose veins via small, minimally invasive incisions
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Dr. Thompson and his staff are great. Dr. Thompson has a wonderful bedside manner and his staff goes out of their way to make you feel at ease and comfortable. They are also very helpful and informative with your insurance benefits. And most importantly, I am very pleased with the results of my endovenous laser treatments and sclerotherapy for my varicose veins.
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With advanced, minimally invasive treatments at Vein Institute Hattiesburg, you don't have to put up with aching varicose veins any longer. Board-certified and full-time vein specialist Dr. J. Keith Thompson offers numerous non-surgical treatment options for varicose veins. To find out more about how you can treat your varicose veins, contact us.
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Varicose Veins FAQs
What are the risk factors for varicose veins?
Risk factors for developing varicose veins include:
- Advanced age
- Being a woman
- Genetic history
- Being sedentary or sitting for long periods
What varicose vein treatment will I need?
In general, varicose veins respond better to laser vein treatments, such as endovenous laser therapy, than sclerotherapy. However, surgery might be necessary if the vein is large and bulging. Our team at Vein Institute Hattiesburg will help you determine your best treatment choice, depending on your needs and goals.
Does the varicose vein go away with a laser vein treatment?
A laser vein treatment will address the vein with a focused laser that heats up the vein and then destroys it. The laser system is precise and highly focused on the target area, so it won't damage the nearby skin. When the vein has collapsed, it may take about 4 – 6 weeks for it to be reabsorbed and disappear.