Find Treatment for Varicose Veins in Williamsport, PA
Varicose veins are enlarged veins visible through the skin, often appearing as blue or purple twisted, knot-like cords commonly found on the legs. A mild type of varicose veins, spider veins, are smaller and can be red or blue in color.
Increased blood pressure inside superficial (near the surface) leg veins often cause varicose veins. Other factors that may lead to varicose veins include obesity, aging, leg injury, pregnancy, smoking, hormones and genetics.
If you would like to learn more about treatment options for varicose veins in Williamsport, PA, vascular specialists at UPMC can help. To receive the services you need, Find a Provider.
Varicose Vein Symptoms
Symptoms of varicose veins are usually primarily visual, but vary from patient to patient and may include:
- Color changes in the skin
- Leg sores
- Heavy feeling, burning or aching in the legs
- Mild swelling
Speak with a vascular specialist at UPMC for an accurate diagnosis of your symptoms.
Varicose Vein Causes
Varicose veins may be caused by several factors, including:
- Age. As we age, our veins lose elasticity. This causes them to stretch and weaken. As the valves in the veins weaken, they allow blood to flow backwards, instead of toward the heart. As blood pools in the veins, the veins become enlarged and varicose. The blue color is the result of deoxygenated blood.
- Pregnancy. In some women, pregnancy increases the volume of blood in the body, but decreases the flow of blood from the legs to the pelvic region.
Varicose Vein Treatment at UPMC
Your physician will create a customized treatment plan specific to your condition based on your age, overall health, medical history, extent of the condition and symptoms. Treatments for varicose veins include both surgical and non-surgical procedures.
Non-surgical treatment may include:
- Elevation of the legs several times of day to reduce swelling and relieve symptoms
- Compression stockings to prevent blood from flowing backward
- Sclerotherapy involving chemical injection to cause blood to reroute through good veins
- Laser treatment
- Ablation to destroy vein tissue and reroute blood through good veins
Surgical treatment may include:
- Vein stripping
- Small incision avulsion
- Transilluminated powered phlebectomy, a type of removal procedure
UPMC Heart & Vascular Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of varicose veins in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.