Everyone wants to look and feel younger and healthier. We invest time and money on diets, exercise plans and beauty products. But how do you deal with unsightly or painful vein issues due to poor circulation? All too often, patients put off correcting their vein issues because the thought of treatment seems like a monumental task, preferring to try home remedies that are ineffective. Dealing with vein disease is a difficult task, but solving the problem doesn’t have to be. Most patients are surprised to learn that Dr. Siragusa can treat their vein issues in less than ten minutes with no downtime. At Siragusa Vein and Laser, we use non-invasive, state-of-the-art procedures that are covered by insurance to treat our patients’ circulation issues and help them say goodbye to varicose veins and hello to healthy, pain-free legs.
Vein disease is classified into 5 stages
Stage 1 – Spider Veins
Spider veins affect 50% of Americans and are one of the most common reasons people feel insecure about their legs. People often avoid wearing shorts or bathing suits to keep these unsightly veins hidden. Although they are commonly perceived as only a cosmetic issue, they can often be a symptom of the more serious problem of venous insufficiency, especially if you have symptoms such as heaviness, aching and/or fatigue in the legs.
Stage 2 – Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are visible veins in the leg that bulge, and often protrude through the skin and affect approximately 40% of the U.S population. These types of veins form as a result of venous insufficiency: blood that pools in the vein because of a faulty valve and causes the protrusion. Patients dealing with varicose veins often limit their social activity and experience a significant change to their quality of life due to the pain and embarrassment associated with these veins. Left untreated, they can lead to worsening of symptoms and appearance.
Stage 3 – Leg Swelling
One of the most common complaints we hear from our patients is “My legs feel swollen, tired, and heavy, especially at the end of the day”. Our leg veins are responsible for draining blood out of our legs and returning it to the heart. When the valves inside our veins don’t work properly, blood tends to build up and pool in the leg, which over the course of the day leads to an increase in swelling. Swelling in the feet and legs often leads to the patient’s legs feeling tight and heavy. This can limit their mobility, ability to take part in daily activity and often can affect sleep schedules.
Stage 4 – Skin darkening and thickening
Think of the superficial veins in your leg as a drainage system for your skin. Similar to when the drain for your sink becomes clogged, causing a problem with your sink, when you develop reflux (backwards flow) down your veins, you have a problem adequately circulating old blood out of your skin. As the blood pools over time, it can leak out of the damaged veins, into the skin. This results in dark, thickened patches of skin that often are very itchy.
Stage 5 – Skin Ulcer
One of the most dreaded complications of vein disease is developing an open wound on the leg called a venous ulcer. Venous Ulcers usually occur on the inner aspect of the leg just above the ankle. They often develop in discolored and abnormal patches of skin and are due to lack of oxygen and nutrients. These ulcers can take years to heal, but unless the underlying circulation problem is fixed, the wounds will usually come back.
Why choose us?
As a board certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Siragusa and his team have performed more than 20,000 procedures on patients with varicose veins. Correctly diagnosing the symptoms of venous insufficiency and creating a personalized treatment plan for each patient can be a difficult task. This is especially true for medical professionals who do not have the proper training or the amount of experience as Dr. Siragusa. With plenty of treatment options available, selecting the right one is necessary to ensure the best result for the patient.
When you put your legs in the experienced hands of the team at Siragusa Vein and Laser, you can rest easy knowing your problem will be accurately diagnosed, and treated in the most effective, comfortable and least invasive manner possible. We believe that no one should have to suffer from a problem that we can so easily treat.
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