Humble Cardiology Associates
Madaiah Revana, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Interventional Cardiologist located in Humble, TX & Houston, TX
Varicose veins affect up to 35% of adults in the United States. While most people are concerned about the effect on their appearance, varicose veins can also lead to problems such as leg pain and swelling. Madaiah Revana, MD, FACC, and the team at Humble Cardiology Associates have extensive experience using several types of treatments to eliminate varicose veins permanently. To learn about your treatment options, and to finally get rid of varicose veins, call one of the offices in Humble and Houston, Texas, or schedule an appointment online today.
Varicose Veins Q&A
What causes varicose veins?
The veins in your legs are responsible for transporting blood back up to your heart. Since this job requires moving blood against gravity, your body uses leg muscle contractions to propel the blood through the vein, while one-way valves inside the veins open to let blood move up the leg, then close to stop it from flowing back down.
When a valve becomes weak or damaged, blood goes backward, or refluxes. The reflux is stopped at the next healthy valve down the vein, but then the blood begins to build up in that area. When this happens, you have a condition called chronic venous insufficiency.
Over time, the affected vein becomes severely engorged with blood, causing bulging, gnarled, purplish-blue varicose veins.
What symptoms develop due to varicose veins?
You may not develop uncomfortable symptoms due to varicose veins. However, they often cause problems such as:
- Leg pain
- Aching or tired legs
- Swollen legs
- Burning or itching
- Discolored skin
- Skin rashes
When varicose veins go untreated, they may cause a blood clot near the skin’s surface. This condition, phlebitis, is painful, but the clots aren’t dangerous.
How do you treat varicose veins?
The team at Humble Cardiology Associates offer several types of treatments that safely and effectively eliminate varicose veins. After the varicose vein is gone, healthy circulation is restored as your body naturally reroutes the blood through healthy veins.
Sclerotherapy eliminates varicose veins by injecting a liquid or foam medication that makes the vein walls collapse. As the treated vein turns into scar tissue, it’s gradually absorbed by your body, which permanently eliminates the vein.
First, your physician threads the ClosureFast radiofrequency ablation catheter through your blood vessels to the targeted varicose vein. Then, your provider activates the radiofrequency energy. The heat seals the vein and causes controlled damage, which your body heals.
The VenaSeal system releases a small amount of medical adhesive inside the varicose vein. The adhesive seals the walls together, closes the vein, and produces scar tissue that’s eliminated.
Varicose veins at the surface of your skin are removed using tiny incisions and a specialized device with a hook. Your provider hooks the vein and gently pulls it out.
Varithena® (polidocanol injectable foam) is a prescription medication that the team at Humble Cardiology Associates uses to treat varicose veins. Varithena improves the appearance of varicose veins along with the uncomfortable symptoms they cause.
Your skilled physician administers a tiny amount of Varithena through a catheter or an injection directly into your malfunctioning vein. The medication then fills the targeted section of the vein, causing it to collapse.
After the varicose vein collapses, blood flow will shift to healthier veins nearby. If you’d like to get rid of your varicose veins, call Humble Cardiology Associates or schedule an appointment online.