Monadnock Community Hospital now offers specialized care for the treatment and removal of varicose veins. Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that you can see under the skin often appearing as blue or purple knot-like cords. Clinically referred to as superficial venous insufficiency, varicose veins usually occur in the legs, but also can form in other parts of the body.
Your veins have valves that help keep blood flowing in one direction toward the heart. If your valves are weak or damaged, blood can back up and collect in your veins. This causes increased pressure in the vein and this in turn causes the veins to swell becoming varicose veins. Venous insufficiency can also cause foot or leg swelling, inability to fight infection, chronic wounds or ulcers that do not heal, aching or cramping pain, restlessness, burning, throbbing, tingling, or heaviness in the legs.
Risks factors for varicose veins are: advancing age, being a woman, being overweight, lack proper exercise, or a family history of the condition. Varicose veins and venous insufficiency are generally not serious medical conditions, but the complications and pain they can cause, and their appearance can be a concern to many individuals. Monadnock Community Hospital can offer both treatment and removal options.
Exercising, losing weight, wearing compression stockings, elevating legs while resting, and not crossing your legs when sitting can help keep reduce the incidence of venous insufficiency and varicose veins. Sometimes, for either clinical or cosmetic reasons, varicose veins require surgical treatment and/or removal.
For more information about varicose vein treatment or removal, contact Monadnock Surgical Associates line of 603-924-4668.