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What Are Varicose Veins?

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Varicose veins are enlarged veins on the surface of the skin. Varicose veins have two different classifications: saphenous and non-saphenous. These classifications are based on their blood drainage systems and how the vein disorder influences the blood flow in the vein’s trunks and branches.

Saphenous Varicose Veins

A saphenous varicose vein is the classification of a vein that holds blood that flows into the great saphenous vein or the small saphenous vein. The great saphenous vein is located in the inner-ankle and runs up the inner-leg towards the groin. The small saphenous vein is located in the outer-ankle and runs up the calf to the inner-knee. When the vein valve problem influences the vein’s branches and main vein trunk, saphenous varicose veins can develop into even larger varicose veins and will commonly form over the trunk of the vein.

Non-Saphenous Varicose Veins

Non-saphenous varicose veins are commonly smaller than veins that have been classified as saphenous. Non-saphenous varicose veins usually flow blood into a perforator vein that has become diseased. These unhealthy perforator veins reverse the typical flow of blood in the vein, causing the blood to flow towards the skin’s surface at very high pressure. Due to this increased pressure, non-saphenous varicose veins develop. Non-saphenous varicose veins can develop anywhere on the body but usually appear on the thigh, outer-knee and lower portions of the leg.

There are different kinds of varicose veins and varicose vein removal methods. Don't try and figure out what you have or what treatment you might need! We're here to help with anything you might want to know about removal. To learn more about varicose veins causes, symptoms, and treatment options, please contact West Medical at (855) 690-0565, and our helpful medical staff will answer any questions you may have.

Diagnosing varicose veins

Commonly, varicose veins can be diagnosed with a physical exam by a phlebologist. However, other tests such as venous ultrasound may be necessary in order to further analyze the extent of the venous insufficiency, as well as determine whether other health issues are involved. During the initial consultation, our vein specialist will ask you about your medical history and will further assess the severity of your varicose veins in order to determine the appropriate treatment option.

If a diagnostic test is recommended, the phlebologist will closely examine the malfunctioning vein’s blood flow, as well as check for possible blood clots. Venous ultrasound uses sound waves which produce images of the internal structures of your veins, allowing our phlebologist to make a complete diagnosis of the insufficiency.

Once your venous insufficiency is properly diagnosed, our vein specialists can discuss the varicose vein treatment that will yield the most beneficial results.

Next step

There are different kinds of varicose veins and varicose vein removal methods. Our vein specialists are here to help with anything you might want to know about vein removal. To learn more about varicose veins causes, symptoms, and treatment options, please contact West Medical at (855) 690-0565, and our helpful medical staff will answer any questions you have.

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