Rapid City Medical Center has doctors and surgeons with expertise in the area of varicose and spider veins. Our specialists will work with you to determine the right course of treatment for your varicose veins.
Varicose Vein & Spider Vein Causes
Varicose veins can be caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. The heart pumps blood filled with oxygen and nutrients to the whole body through the arteries. Veins then carry the blood from the body back to the heart. As your leg muscles squeeze, they push blood back to the heart from your lower body against the flow of gravity. Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps to prevent blood from flowing backwards as it moves up your legs. If the valves become weak, blood can leak back into the veins and collect there. (This problem is called venous insufficiency.) When backed-up blood makes the veins bigger, they can become varicose.
Spider veins can be caused by the backup of blood. They can also be caused by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, and injuries.
Varicose Vein Treatment Options
Varicose veins are treated with lifestyle changes and medical treatments. If symptoms are too severe to be managed with lifestyle changes, your doctor may recommend medical treatments, including: * Compression stockings * Sclerotherapy * Surface laser treatments * Endovenous techniques (radiofrequency and laser) * Surgery