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 Are the Benefits of Varicose Vein Treatment?
Varicose veins can cause discomfort, pain, and aesthetic distress, and treatment at Vein Institute Hattiesburg offers multiple advantages for improved vascular health. Key benefits include:
- Enhanced circulation.
- Alleviated discomfort.
- Reduced pain and swelling.
- Improved appearance.
- Lower risk of complications.
- Enhanced overall leg health.
What Are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins, commonly visible as twisted, enlarged veins near the skin's surface, often cause discomfort for our Hattiesburg, MS patients. They are typically found in the legs and can lead to several symptoms, including:
- Aching or throbbing pain
- Heavy feeling in the legs
- Itching around the vein
- Swelling in the legs
- Skin discoloration near the affected veins
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
What Should I Expect Following Varicose Vein Treatment?
Your experience after varicose vein treatment may depend on the specific procedure you received. Still, you may want to prepare for minor discomfort and bruising for a few days, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. You'll likely wear compression stockings for a week or two to aid healing. Most patients can resume normal activities within a day or two, though strenuous exercise should be avoided for a couple of weeks. Noticeable improvements in the appearance and symptoms of your veins should be visible within a few weeks. Some people may experience temporary changes in skin color or small clusters of fine red vessels around the treated area. Follow-up appointments with Dr. Thompson will be necessary to monitor healing.
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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.