Ropey, swollen veins on your legs can leave them feeling tired and achy. Varicose veins can also make you feel self-conscious in leg-baring shorts and skirts. At Cardiac Center of Texas in McKinney, Texas, board-certified physicians Muhammad Khan, MD, and Ambreen Ashfaque, MD, provide expert evaluation and revolutionary treatment for varicose veins so you find relief. Call the North Texas clinic today for an evaluation or book online.

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Why do I have varicose veins?

Varicose veins result when the one-way valves that return blood to your heart malfunction. Instead of returning blood to your heart after it circulates through your body, the blood flows backward and pools in your vein, causing varicose veins.

When should I seek treatment for varicose veins?

You may be bothered by the way varicose veins look. They’re often puffy, swollen, and ropey. You can see them as reddish-purple cords twisted beneath your skin on the calves, ankles, and upper legs.

In addition to these cosmetic concerns, varicose veins can cause unpleasant side effects such as:

  • Aching
  • Throbbing
  • Cramping
  • Swelling
  • Leg heaviness and fatigue

If you suffer from discomfort due to varicose veins, treatment can help you find relief. Treatment may also be warranted because clogs can occur in the veins, resulting in a potentially dangerous blood clot. Without treatment, some people develop wounds around the veins that won’t heal.

Why did I develop varicose veins?

Some people are more at risk of developing varicose veins. These include people who are:

  • Older
  • Obese
  • Pregnant
  • Genetically predisposed to varicose veins
  • Sedentary

Men are more likely to get varicose veins than women. Maintaining a healthy diet and normal weight, avoiding long periods of standing or sitting, and elevating your legs can help you prevent varicose veins.

What is the Venefit™ procedure for varicose veins?

At Cardiac Center of Texas, the doctors usually use the Venefit procedure (formerly known as the VNUS closure procedure), a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency.

The procedure is performed in-office under local anesthesia in a 45-minute session. The doctors insert a Covidien ClosureFast™ endovenous radiofrequency ablation catheter through tiny incisions below the knee. Ultrasound imaging guides the placement of the catheter that delivers energy to collapse and close enlarged veins. Your body then redirects blood flow to other healthy veins.

Venefit results in less pain, less bruising, and faster recovery compared to more traditional vein-removal techniques, such as laser or vein stripping.

Call Cardiac Center of Texas or schedule a consultation online to learn how you can live varicose vein free.