Varicose veins can cramp your style – and make legs ache, too. You

may experience tired, aching legs. People can also notice leg swelling,

cramping, and brownish discoloration. Legs can tingle, throb or itch.

Purplish cords emerge along the backs or insides of legs, taking the joy out

of skirts and shorts. Symptoms are worse after sitting or standing, or at the

end of a long day.

Varicose veins are caused by gravity. Leg veins transport blood to

your heart. To keep blood from flowing backwards, veins are equipped with

one-way valves, which, leak, blood accumulates in the vein, causing it to

bulge and weaken. The result: unsightly – and sometimes painful – varicose

veins. Some people develop leg ulcers – shallow wounds that don’t heal.

Painful varicose veins that are extremely swollen, hardened and sensitive

could indicate a more serious, life-threatening condition called deep vein

thrombosis (DVT).

Varicose and spider veins are extremely common. They often make

their debut in our 30s. By 60, 75% of women and 50% of men will have

varicose spider veins. Blame varicose veins on your parents (their genes),

your job (sitting or standing for long periods of time), and your kids (the

pressure they put on your body in utero).

Varicose veins and spider veins may be mild or they may cause

severe pain. In some cases, varicose veins may be a cosmetic concern that

often can be treated by self-care therapies. In others, varicose veins can lead

to more serious conditions and complications, including leg pain, swelling

in the legs, and brown coloring of the skin, inflammation of the veins, blood

clots, bleeding, skin ulcers or other circulatory system disorders. Many

treatment options are available for all conditions related to varicose veins. A

physician will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine the severity

of the condition and the most appropriate treatment.

Valley Veins offers the most advanced diagnosis and treatment options

available for patients with varicose veins. Treatment of varicose veins

ranges from complex medical care to treat or help prevent serious disabling

complications to cosmetic procedures that reduce the appearance of varicose

veins. Dr. Vijaya Thakur, who completed her training at University of

Southern California, has special interest in aspects of vascular medicine,

dermatology, radiology and vascular surgery to come up with an integrated

plan to accurately diagnose and effectively treat patients with varicose veins.

She works with her husband, Dr. Anjani Thakur, who completed his training

at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). They are at the forefront

of newest option utilizing information from research studies in venous

diseases, including varicose veins. They study the newest, most current

treatments available for venous diseases. Venous specialists at Valley Veins

treat hundreds of patients each year with varicose veins.

Treatment for varicose veins at Valley Veins is tailored for each patient

depending on general health, age and the severity of the condition. We

have expertise and experience in all types of varicose vein treatment,

ranging from minimally-invasive to complex surgical procedures. Treatment

options include sclerotherapy, laser surgery, endovenous thermal ablation

(radiofrequency [VNUS] or laser), surgical vein stripping, endoscopic

perforator vein surgery and other procedures. Patients may receive a

combination of treatments, and most patients also use self-care therapies

such as compression stockings.