Varicose Veins Treatment in Mineola, NY
Island Vein Specialists Offer Varicose Veins Treatments
The team of experts at Island Vein Specialists is proud to provide varicose vein treatment options to improve our patients’ health and beauty. We serve Nassau and Suffolk Counties with vein treatment centers in West Islip, NY, and Mineola, NY. Our vein specialist, Dr. John F. Gallagher, is a board-certified general and vascular surgeon. However, in recent years, he has narrowed his focus to venous issues such as varicose veins. Alongside a staff of friendly, knowledgeable vein specialists, Dr. Gallagher can perform an array of treatments that help ease any discomfort from varicose veins and improve the appearance of your legs and feet. We have provided answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below. But feel free to call us if you have a question that is not on the list.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins that are typically dark blue and near the surface of one’s skin. Healthy veins feature one-way valves that help direct blood flow. However, if one or more of the valves does not function correctly, blood may flow down one’s leg in the wrong direction. When that happens, blood overfills and distends the branches of superficial veins beneath the skin. This causes them to stretch, bulge, and become more apparent, resulting in varicose veins. Varicose veins do not contribute to overall circulation effectively.
What are some common symptoms of varicose veins?
Varicose veins exhibit a multitude of symptoms. Sufferers experience heaviness, pain in their legs and feet, fatigue, and itching. In extreme circumstances, varicose veins cause excessive swelling – especially after standing or sitting for long periods of time – inflammation, various skin changes, and potentially open sores.
What causes varicose veins?
Roughly 30% of the population in the U.S. has varicose veins. The condition is more prevalent among women than men, but no one is immune to it. Among the regular causes of varicose veins are heredity, hormonal changes, obesity, pregnancy, and lifestyle habits such as pronged standing or sitting. Varicose veins are typically progressive, so it is important to seek varicose vein treatment from Island Vein Specialists before they worsen.
How will Island Vein Specialists diagnose varicose veins?
Varicose veins are easy to notice, especially when a patient stands. Our vein experts on Long Island, NY examine patients by assessing their legs and feet visually while also checking for tender areas, swelling, sores, skin color changes, and other symptoms.
How can I prevent varicose veins?
There are several measures you can take to increase your chances of varicose vein prevention. It is impossible to prevent them completely, but you reduce your risk by improving circulation and muscle tone. You can do this by exercising, staying within your ideal weight range, eating a high-fiber diet, changing your sitting and standing position regularly, and avoiding tight hosiery. Furthermore, these same steps will help treat varicose vein pain.
What is the difference between varicose veins and spider veins?
Spider veins are blood vessels that twist and turn much in the same way as varicose veins. Whereas varicose veins are large and raised, spider veins are small and typically flush with the skin. Spider veins can be red, blue, or purple and are easily visible. In addition to affecting the legs, spider veins can also appear on one’s face. Island Vein Specialists can treat spider veins and varicose veins.
What treatment options are available?
Island Veins Specialists offers a wide range of treatment options for painful varicose veins. Each of our options is designed to either reduce or remove varicose veins. Our professional techniques include:
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy – Through small incisions, we can remove varicose veins.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT) – This treatment uses an activated laser fiber to close affected veins.
- Venefit Procedure – We use radiofrequency energy to provide even heat to contract the collagen in vein walls.
- ASVAL – This innovative approach to treating spider and varicose veins incorporates acupuncture needles that aid with vein removal.
- Sclerotherapy – Our team can inject sclerosant into a patient’s veins to shut them down and stop blood flow, thus eliminating the spiderweb appearance.
Contact Island Vein Specialists Today
Spider veins and varicose veins are uncomfortable and unsightly. But the experts at Island Vein Specialists can help you get rid of varicose veins to restore your health and confidence. Our medical professionals employ a wide variety of varicose vein treatment strategies to ensure our patients can move painlessly and confidently again. We have convenient vein treatment clinics in West Islip, NY and Mineola, NY, so contact us today to schedule an appointment.
What Sets Us Apart?
- Board Certified
- Personalized Attention
- Over 30 Years of Experience
- General and Vascular Surgeon
- Revolutionary Technique Using Acupuncture Needles