Varicose Veins Treatment in Patchogue, New Hyde Park & Hicksville
Varicose Veins Are More Common Than You Think!
More than 23 percent of all adults are thought to be affected by varicose veins, and approximately 1 in 4 adults in the United States is affected.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are large, twisted and swollen veins that often appear on the legs and feet, caused by venous insufficiency. This happens when the valves in the veins do not work correctly, leading to sluggish and ineffective blood flow. Women are more prone to venous insufficiency, with 40% being affected, as opposed to only 25% of men. While unsightly, the veins rarely need treatment. However, if you suffer from swelling, aching, and painful legs, or if there is considerable discomfort, you should seek immediate treatment. At Brookhaven Heart, we have a skilled team of surgeons who offer a range of services to help you lessen the effects of these veins!
Are You at Risk?
While varicose veins are relatively common, certain people are more at risk. If you have a family history of hereditary diseases or are a pregnant woman, chances are that you may suffer from venous insufficiency. People older than 65 years of age, or those with excess weight may also develop these veins. Prolonged periods of standing can also accelerate and exacerbate the insufficiency.
What Are Some Signs and Symptoms?
- Veins look twisted, swollen, and lumpy (bulging).
- The veins are blue or dark purple.
- Legs feel heavy, especially after exercise or at night.
- A minor injury to the affected area may result in prolonged bleeding.
- Swollen, stiff ankles.
- Possible skin discoloration near the varicose veins, usually brownish or blue in color.
- Skin in the affected area may be red, dry, and itchy.
- Sudden leg cramps while standing up.
- Irregular whitish patches that look like scars appearing at the ankles.
If you believe you have venous insufficiency or varicose veins, call (631) 654-3278 to discuss this concern with Dr. Saurin Patel. Dr. Patel will determine if testing is required and what treatments may be needed!
What Are Some Simple Treatment Options?
- Lifestyle Modifications – By limiting prolonged bouts of standing, and exercising frequently, one can soothe pain, and even improve the appearance of the veins!
- Compression Stockings – Tightly wound stockings that begin at the ankle and loosen further up the legs can encourage proper blood flow and help with the discomfort!
- In-Office Procedures – If the doctor recommends it, there are many procedures such as venous stenting and laser ablation that take care of varicose veins and their symptoms.
About Dr. Patel
Dr. Saurin Patel completed his medical education at Albany Medical College before doing his Internal Medicine residency at the prestigious Tufts University. His relation with the university led to him receiving multiple fellowships. He has been honored by the Boston Cardiology Fellowship, the Boston Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, and the Boston Research Fellowship in Vascular Medicine.
Book a varicose vein consultation with our expert, Dr. Saurin Patel!