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Varicose Veins: More Than a Cosmetic Problem?

Bulging, twisted varicose veins can make you self-conscious about baring your legs, limiting your fashion choices. But without treatment, varicose veins can lead to more serious conditions.

The veins in your leg have a tough job. They must work against gravity to shuttle blood from your lower limbs back up to your heart. Sometimes, the one-way valves that keep blood moving in the right direction weaken or malfunction.

As a result, blood backs up and your veins expand, swell, and twist beneath your skin’s surface.

As many as 25 million Americans have varicose veins. Risk for varicose veins increases:

  • With age
  • During pregnancy
  • In people who are overweight or obese
  • Because of prolonged sitting or standing

For many, varicose veins are little more than a cosmetic concern. However, in severe cases or cases that go without treatment, varicose veins can cause:

  • A heavy feeling in the ankles or legs
  • Throbbing or cramping pain
  • Swollen ankles or feet
  • Fatigue
  • Discolored, hard, thickened or itchy skin
  • Open wounds called ulcers

Treatment for varicose veins is:

  • Outpatient, provided in the office, not the hospital
  • Minimally invasive, not requiring a large or painful incision
  • Affordable, since varicose veins are a legitimate medical condition and treatment is covered by most insurance plans

For more information about surgical services at Tanner, visit Tanner Surgical Services.

Carrollton Surgical Group has locations in Bremen, Carrollton and Villa Rica, Ga. For more information, visit CarrolltonSurgical.org or call 770-834-3336.

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