Varicose Vein Treatment in the Kansas City Area

When it comes to varicose veins, we understand that you may be dealing with more than just a lack of comfort in your appearance—many individuals also deal with daily pain and physical discomfort that hinders their quality of life. In fact, of the estimated 80 million Americans who suffer from some form of venous disorder, most seek varicose vein treatment to relieve pain.

At Summit Skin & Vein, we believe that no one should have to live with the throbbing, aching, and lowered self-esteem that results from varicose veins. The team of medical professionals at our state-of-the-art facility in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, provide innovative diagnostic services and minimally-invasive treatment options, helping countless individuals throughout the Kansas City area free themselves of varicose veins.

Your Varicose Vein Treatment Options:

We offer two different varicose vein treatment options. Both are highly effective, and performed by our skilled, experienced medical team. Unlike outdated varicose vein stripping, our treatment options are both minimally-invasive and require little-to-no downtime.

What Are Varicose Veins?

The body’s arteries bring oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood from the heart down to the extremities. Veins, on the other hand, constantly work against gravity to bring used blood back up to the heart. Healthy veins have a closed valve, so blood flow only occurs in one direction. Yet, if the vein valves fail, gravity prevents blood from efficiently returning to the heart. This causes blood to accumulate and congest the vein, resulting in the vein’s enlargement. Eventually, the enlarged vein will bulge to the skin’s surface. This process can affect all veins, but when larger veins fail, they are referred to as varicose veins.

What Factors Contribute to the Development of Varicose Veins?

  • Heredity: The number one contributing factor to the development of varicose veins is having a family history of varicose veins. Lifestyle changes may help reduce your risk factors. Maintaining a healthy weight, not spending long periods on your feet, and avoiding injuries could help prevent varicose veins.
  • Gender: Approximately 55% of women and 45% of men over age 50 have venous disease, but venous disease can occur at any age. About one in three people are symptomatic.
  • Pregnancy: Approximately 70-80% of pregnant women develop varicose veins during their first trimester. Varicose veins tend to worsen with each pregnancy but can improve after birth.
  • Jobs and Activities: People who spend long periods of time on their feet or have jobs that require them to sit all day are much more likely to develop varicose veins and their symptoms.
  • Weight gain: Pressure from excess weight or obesity can result in weakening of veins and slowing down of blood flow. Weight gain is a contributing factor to the cause of varicose veins (National Center for Biotechnology Information).
  • Trauma: Impact to your body due to an accident can also cause damage to your veins.
  • Disease: Some diseases or health conditions can cause poor circulation that can result in varicose veins or spider veins. Compression stockings may be able to promote blood flow.

What Are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

Some of the common signs and symptoms of varicose veins include the following:

  • Tired, heavy & achy leg(s)
  • Restless leg(s)
  • Burning & itching
  • Swelling of the leg(s) & feet
  • Cramping of the leg(s) & feet
  • Skin discoloration at ankle(s) & leg(s)
  • Open sores or ulcers on the lower leg(s)

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When Should You See a Doctor?

Schedule an appointment for a physical examination and to discuss possible treatments—including surgery—if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Your symptoms have become disabling, and you’re unable to perform daily tasks at your normal capacity.
  • If you are struggling with pain or serious health problems related to your varicose veins.
  • The skin over and surrounding your varicose veins begins bleeding, develops open sores, or becomes flaky and itchy.
  • Your veins become tender, warm, swollen, or painful, possibly indicating a blood clot.

How are Varicose Veins Diagnosed?

At Summit Skin and Vein Care, we use Duplex Ultrasound scan to evaluate both the superficial and deep venous system. This evaluation provides an accurate assessment of the extent of the vein disease allowing us to create an individual varicose vein treatment plan. We offer free in-office ultrasound vein screenings.

 

Call Summit Skin & Vein Care today at (816) 533-4398 for a free vein screening or to learn more about varicose vein treatments.

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