Varicose Veins

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Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that can happen anywhere in the body, but are more commonly found in the legs. They can cause your legs to feel tired and achy, or painful - especially at night. Many people who experience restless legs while they sleep suffer from varicose veins. And you don't have to be able to see them to suffer from the problem.

Who gets varicose veins?

Anyone can get varicose veins. But vein problems tend to be hereditary (run in families). Other factors that can affect veins include:

  • Pregnancy, hormones, and birth control pills
  • A job where you stand or sit a lot
  • Extra weight or lack of exercise
  • Age

What are the symptoms? 

The most common symptoms of varicose veins are:
  • Color changes in the skin
  • Bulging bluish-colored veins
  • Sores on the legs (leg ulcers)
  • Rash
  • Sensations in the legs, such as a heavy feeling, burning, or aching
Over time, severe varicose veins may lead to long-term mild swelling. That can result in more serious skin and tissue problems. These include ulcers and nonhealing sores.

Treatment options:

Glen-Hastings-for-webThe team at Lakeland General Surgery, St. Joseph, led by accredited surgeon, Glen Hastings, MD, has years of experience treating varicose veins. Patients are diagnosed using state-of-the-art equipment right in the St. Joseph office.

There are a number of minimally invasive treatment options to consider, depending on your symptoms.  They are safe, virtually painless and most patients can get back to normal activities almost immediately. Treatment for varicose veins is covered by most insurances, including Medicare.  

Possible forms of treatment: