MD Vein & Skin Specialists
Clement Banda, MD
Dermatologist & Phlebologist located in Owen Brown, Columbia, MD
Varicose veins affect one out of every five adults. And while you may not like how they make your legs look, the bulging, twisted veins may also affect your health. Dr. Clement Banda at MD Vein & Skin Specialists in Owen Brown, Columbia, Maryland, is an expert in venous health and can help you get rid of your varicose veins. Call today or book an appointment online.
Varicose Veins Q & A
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are veins found just below the surface of your skin that get gnarled and lumpy due to a buildup of blood. Any vein can become a varicose vein, but it most often occurs in the legs due to the increased pressure in these particular veins, which weakens the valves that help push blood back to your heart for reoxygenation, allowing blood to pool and create the blue bulges.
What causes varicose veins?
There are a number of reasons you may develop varicose veins. Some of the most common causes include:
- Excess weight
- Standing or sitting for long periods of time
- Injury to the leg
A blood clot in the leg may also lead to varicose veins, and can permanently damage the vein and valve even after the clot has dissolved.
How are varicose veins treated?
Dr. Banda is an expert in the treatment and management of varicose veins and offers a number of options to help get rid of them. While Dr. Banda specializes in minimally invasive procedures for varicose veins, he may first recommend conservative treatments to help improve blood flow and limit the pooling. This may include:
- Compression stockings
- Weight loss
- Wearing loose-fitting clothing
- Avoiding prolonged standing or sitting
If conservative measures fail to improve your varicose veins or your veins are causing health problems, Dr. Banda may recommend other treatments.
Endovenous ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins that uses laser energy to destroy the varicose vein.
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy
During this procedure, Dr. Banda injects a foaming chemical into your varicose vein using ultrasound technology, which causes the vein to close shut. Dr. Banda prefers using foam sclerotherapy to liquid as it generally requires only one session, while liquid sclerotherapy requires several sessions.
An ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure in which Dr. Banda removes the varicose vein from a small slit in your leg. While you may feel some discomfort after the procedure, you should be able to resume your usual activities as recommended by Dr. Banda.
For treatment of your varicose veins, call MD Vein & Skin Specialists or schedule an appointment online.