Most varicose veins happen in the legs and feet and can be attributed to venous insufficiency. This common condition results from blood pooling in the veins due to decreased blood flow from the leg veins up to the heart. In healthy veins, one-way valves keep blood flowing toward the heart against the force of gravity. When the valves become weak and do not close properly, they allow blood to flow backward, a condition called reflux. Veins that have lost their valve effectiveness, become elongated, rope-like, bulged, and thickened. These enlarged, swollen vessels are known as varicose veins and are a direct result of increased pressure from reflux. Spider veins are a mild case of varicose vein where small veins become apparent just under the skin.
Patients seeking vein treatment should schedule a consultation with an AMI interventional radiologist. Interventional radiologists specialize in minimally invasive procedures and are experts in all types of vein problems. The physician will be able to assess the level of severity and recommend a unique treatment plan for each patient. These consultations are extremely important because providers are able to detect if there is a deeper issue than what is visible on the surface. If treatment is administered without first receiving a doctor’s consultation, there may be an unexposed under-lying issue that could cause the varicose veins to return over and over again.
All of AMI’s treatments rid the legs of problem veins through a non-invasive procedures that utilizes the body’s natural healing abilities. This means patients will be back to looking and feeling good faster.
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