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What We Treat
Truncal Varicose Veins
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Varicose veins are a hereditary condition in which the superficial veins of the leg do not function properly. All of us have valves in our veins which keep the blood flowing toward the heart, and the pressure in the veins low. In patients with varicose veins, the veins become dilated and the valves fail to work properly. As a result blood actually flows in both directions, if it flows at all. Fortunately we have a deeper system of veins which can take over and help return blood to the heart. The problem causing the disfiguring veins can affect the large truncal superficial veins (the Long Saphenous vein and the Short Saphenous vein), the connector or reticular veins, or the tiny veins within the thickness of the skin, the so called spider veins. The problem can be isolated to one type of vein or it may affect different combinations of vein types. Your physician will determine the exact nature of the problem in your initial consultation, often with the aid of ultrasound, and prescribe appropriate treatment. The goals of treatment are to correct the problem causing the visible veins, and to eliminate the unsightly and painful problems. It is imperative to treat all abnormally functioning veins to get the best results.