Spider Veins Have Many Risk Factors

Spider veins are swollen, enlarged veins that are clearly visible just under the surface of the skin. This is a common condition caused by problems with the valves within your veins that are designed to keep blood flowing toward your heart. If the valves are weak or damaged, blood can back up and pool in your veins (venous reflux) which causes them to swell. This condition is referred to as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Many factors can raise your risk for developing varicose veins, including family history, older age, female gender, pregnancy, obesity, prolonged standing or sitting, blood clots, and prior trauma.

Spider Vein Removal in Houston

Many patients come to Dr. Maneevese in Houston for spider vein treatment, not knowing that they could also have venous insufficiency. Sclerotherapy (injection of a chemical irritant into the vein, causing it to no longer be visible) is offered at Access Vascular Health, however, Dr. Maneevese will need to ensure that venous insufficiency is not the cause of the problem before she proceeds.

Signs and symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency include:

  • Swollen, visible veins
  • Leg pressure/pain
  • Ulcers
  • Skin discoloration
  • Bumpy appearance of veins
  • Skin irritation
  • Legs feel heavy
  • Visible small spider veins on the
  • skin surface
  • Restless legs
  • Itchy legs
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Venous Ablation Specialist in Houston

The vein ablation procedure is performed entirely through an IV, using ultrasound as a guide, at our vascular radiology clinic in Houston. The procedure involves blocking off the veins with broken valves so that the blood flow will be restored as it will divert to healthy veins. The veins can be blocked with glue, heat, or foam. After your consultation, Dr. Maneevese will offer her opinion on which option is best for you to ensure long lasting results. Sclerotherapy of smaller spider veins will also be performed during the same visit for venous ablation.

This is an outpatient procedure and our patients are able to go back to their home to rest the same day. With hundreds of happy patients and outcomes that surpass expectation, she is committed to giving you access to living the life you deserve.