5 things you should know about spider veins
If you have small, reddish-blue squiggly lines around your nose or on your legs, you probably have spider veins.
The most common reason for spider veins is from abnormally functioning veins that have reflux, or blood that flows backwards, which puts more pressure on the venules and causes them to dilate.
Symptoms may include pain or aching in the legs, but spider veins do not usually cause the symptoms; the underlying problem that initially caused the spider veins is typically the cause of the symptoms. For example, in venous reflux, you may experience aching or swelling in your legs as well as fatigue and heaviness with prolonged activity or sitting. Spider veins don’t cause these symptoms, but they can be seen as another sign of venous reflux.
Experts at The Ohio State University Medical Center will review your medical history and perform a physical exam, which will include questions about your health and an evaluation of the possible symptoms. After your exam, our team of physicians will discuss the potential causes of the spider veins. If there are symptoms present that are associated with your spider veins, our experts will conduct further diagnostic testing, such as venous duplex (ultrasound) study. This is a painless, noninvasive test that shows how blood is moving through your arteries and veins. The test examines the structure of your blood vessels and indicates if there are any blockages within your arteries.
Spider veins can be treated with sclerotherapy. These are medication injections that can be performed in our clinic. The procedure involves a tiny needle that’s inserted into the veins to deliver medication that will cause the veins to close and fade. Afterwards, you will have to wear compression tights or clothes. Most patients can drive themselves to and from the clinic for the procedure and will be able to resume normal activities.
We offer all minimally invasive techniques for treatment of spider veins, including endovenous laser therapy, radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy and phlebectomy. We can perform these procedures in our outpatient clinic, allowing you a quick visit and recovery time.
Dr. Mounir Haurani, a vascular surgeon at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, answers common questions about spider veins and treatment at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
These veins don’t usually cause pain, but may be treated for cosmetic reasons. There are several treatment options available, including sclerotherapy and veingogh.
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