If you wake up one morning and notice spider or varicose veins on your legs, it may seems as though they came out of nowhere. In reality, there are several stages through which vein disease progresses. Consulting with a vascular doctor from Flower Mound is the best way to learn more about what stage of vein disease you may be experiencing, but there are a few general guidelines to keep in mind to help you understand how far you have progressed.
What should Flower Mound patients know about the stages of vein disease?
Vein disease can begin very mildly. One of the first indications you may have of this problem is the appearance of fine spider veins on your legs. These discolored veins are thin and flush with the skin. They generally do not cause any symptoms outside of their aesthetic impact, but if they bother you there are treatment options. If you notice spider veins and have a family history of vein disease it is wise to make an appointment with Dr. Robert Handley or another spider & varicose veins doctor in Flower Mound to determine if there is a more serious problem.
The next stage of vein disease results in bulging, twisted varicose veins. Unlike spider veins, varicose veins can cause a number of other symptoms. You may find yourself suffering from swollen legs & ankles as well as a feeling of heaviness or cramping in your leg. Varicosities are usually caused by an underlying issue known as venous insufficiency. Undergoing vein disease treatment in Texas at this stage can help you avoid some of the more serious complications associated with vein disease as well as improve your aesthetics.
If left untreated, vein disease can progress to cause a number of complications. Over time you may begin to notice skin changes in the area around the vein. At first, the skin may become discolored (often red or brown) and the area around the vein may become swollen. If you ignore these signs the area may progress to ulceration. Ulcers are poorly healing wounds that can result due to a lack of blood flow to the skin. In some cases these wounds will not heal unless the underlying problem is addressed. Consulting with a vascular doctor from Flower Mound at this point is highly recommended.
No matter what stage of vein disease you are currently experiencing, there are treatments available to address the problem. Today’s vein treatments are considered minimally invasive, which means you can have the problem addressed without surgical incisions or a lengthy stay at the hospital. The sooner you can speak to a doctor about treatment the less likely it is the disease will progress to a higher stage.
Our goal at Flower Mound Vein Center is to help our patients receive the treatment they need before their vein disease reaches an advanced stage. We are dedicated to creating an individualized treatment plan for all our patients, ensuring you receive care targeted for your situation. We’d love to talk with you further about how our vein center can help improve your health. Give us a call at 972-410-5757 to learn more.