Varicose Veins

Cape Cod Surgical Associates

General Surgery & Vascular Surgery located in Hyannis, MA

Varicose veins lead to an unusual enlargement and discoloration of veins that are under pressure or that become damaged (usually in your legs). Since varicose veins can cause pain and leave your legs feeling achy, Stephen Brooks, MD, FACS, RPVI, of Cape Cod Surgical Associates offers up-to-date varicose vein treatments in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Click on the online scheduling tool, or call to book your varicose vein evaluation over the phone.

Varicose Veins Q & A

Why do I have varicose veins?

Varicose veins tend to form gradually over time because of increased blood pressure in your veins. You have one-way valves all over your body that help move blood toward your heart and prevent backflow of blood.

However, in some cases, these valves weaken or become damaged because of increased vein pressure, forcing blood to collect in your veins. This pooling of blood causes your veins to swell and become bigger, making them more noticeable as they turn varicose (smaller spider veins can also develop).

Though women have a higher risk of varicose veins because of hormonal fluctuations and pregnancy, anyone can develop varicose veins because of:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Leg injury 

You may also develop varicose veins because of genetics. If you have a close blood relative with varicose veins, your risk increases. 

What is the treatment for varicose veins?

Cape Cod Surgical Associates provides advanced vein care and varicose vein remedies. Read about some of the most popular vein treatments below.

VenaSeal™

VenaSeal is the most recent innovation in varicose vein treatments. This procedure involves injecting the highly advanced VenaSeal adhesive into a varicose vein to seal the vein shut.

The treated vein undergoes a process of hardening (sclerosis), which forces your body to naturally absorb the damaged vein over time. Blood reroutes to healthier veins.  

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a common varicose vein treatment. It has the same outcome as VenaSeal: forcing a vein to close and scar so blood can recirculate. But instead of a glue substance, your surgeon injects a saline solution into your vein. 

Thermal ablation 

Thermal ablation varicose vein treatments involve placing a thin fiber into your vein. This fiber sends out laser or radiofrequency energy, which heats up your vein and causes it to collapse. Blood quickly recirculates to healthier veins, and your body naturally absorbs the treated vein over the following weeks. 

Vein stripping

Vein stripping is usually the last resort to treat varicose veins. Your surgeon at Cape Cod Surgical Associates can physically remove a varicose vein if less-invasive measures aren’t a good option or simply aren’t effective for you. 

How can I prevent varicose veins?

Cape Cod Surgical Associates provides comprehensive vein care and varicose vein treatments, but your surgeon also spends time counseling you about preventing vein issues (including spider veins). To prevent vein damage, you should:

  • Maintain your weight
  • Get more exercise
  • Elevate your feet while sitting
  • Avoid crossing your legs

In some cases, varicose veins are a sign of poor blood circulation or an underlying medical issue. Because of potential concerns, it’s important to follow vein care preventive measures and come in to Cape Cod Surgical Associates as soon as spider or varicose veins start to develop. 

You won’t have to live with varicose veins another day once you start treatment with Cape Cod Surgical Associates. Book your varicose vein exam online or by phone today.