Like most men, you probably assume that varicose veins are woman’s concern involving compression stockings and that really aren’t a big deal. Like most men, you would be mistaken. Siragusa Vein and Laser Center aims to dispel the myth that only women get varicose veins: Nashville men can also suffer from varicose veins that cause medical problems and embarrassment. Luckily, there are varicose vein treatments available to men (and women) that are easy and virtually painless.
What do men in Nashville, TN need to know about varicose veins?
Varicose veins are essentially due to a breakdown in the tiny valves inside the vein walls that help push blood up into the heart from the lower extremities. Blood becomes trapped inside the damaged vein, causing the vein to swell and disfigure. When proper circulation in your body is disrupted, symptoms arise and medical concerns can follow.
Although women are more susceptible to varicosities because of hormonal changes, men can develop them too. According to the National Institutes of Health, varicose veins affect nearly 17 percent of men in the United States. Major factors that increase the risk for developing varicose veins include smoking, standing or sitting too much and heredity.
Ropey bulging veins aren’t the only sign of problem veins. If you’ve ever noticed tired and achy legs after exercise, there’s a good chance varicose veins could be to blame. Other symptoms can include throbbing sensations, swollen legs and ankles, and even dermatitis.
Left untreated, varicose veins can become progressively worse over time. Unsightly veins may become more noticeable and symptoms usually become more severe, sometimes even debilitating.
What are treatment options for men with varicose veins?
Managing mild cases of problem veins involves getting plenty of exercise, reducing pressure on the veins by taking a break from sitting or standing, wearing compression hose and eating a low-sodium diet. But conservative treatments aren’t always enough. More advanced stages of varicose veins often need direct treatment.
Vein treatments have come a long way since the invention of compression stockings and aggressive surgical techniques such as vein stripping. While at-home and traditional surgical procedures are still options for some cases of varicose veins, there are many more modern treatment options that are less embarrassing than compression stockings and much more convenient than traditional vein removal. Nashville men (and women) can look forward to minimally invasive outpatient procedures that are effective, painless and fast.
Endovenous ablation is a vein laser surgery and one of the most commonly performed procedures at Siragusa Vein and Laser Center. This technique utilizes local anesthetics and only minimal incisions to allow a vein laser to seal off the affected vein and effectively treat varicose veins and their symptoms.
The gold standard in spider vein and smaller varicose vein treatment is sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy performed in our clinic involves a simple injection of a solution specifically formulated to close off the problem vein and reroute blood flow to healthier veins.
Because these treatments are not as invasive as regular surgeries, there are fewer risks for complications, less discomfort and less healing time. They are finished in around an hour.
Siragusa Vein and Laser Center specializes in the latest vein treatment techniques and tools including vein lasers. Hermitage and Nashville office locations provide patients with convenient care and exceptional service for women and men. Give us a call today at 615-777-0744 to set up your appointment with our medical director and leading vascular surgeon Dr. Tif Siragusa. We look forward to treating you.