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When Should You See a Vein Specialist? Answer These Questions to Know

Have you been experiencing pain or aches in your legs? Tiredness or fatigue? Itching or burning? Skin discoloration? Or, have you noticed an increasing amount of spider veins and varicose veins?

While some of these issues may be cosmetic or even related to other environmental and hereditary problems, these are symptoms that should not be brushed away.  Left untreated venous disease is not only associated with increasing spider and varicose veins, but also greater health concerns like DVT, leg swelling, leg ulcerations, and skin discoloration.  It’s for this reason that even simple spider veins should not be ignored and a consultation with a trusted vascular doctor should be scheduled.

Trust and Treatment

As experienced vascular doctors, we have cared for people with varicose and spider veins since 1963. Beyond the medical issues and advances in care that we have seen, we have also had the opportunity to hear our patient concerns about vein treatment and some of the common myths and general misinformation that exists.

Determining what information to trust can be difficult, which is why consulting with a board-certified vascular surgeon who specializes in treating varicose and spider veins can be a wise choice. We recommend patients be proactive about their leg symptoms and recognize the early signs of vein disease that warrant a vein specialist.

Varicose and spider veins are damaged veins. We develop them when tiny, one-way valves inside the veins weaken. In healthy veins, these valves push blood in one direction — back to our heart. When these valves become damaged, some blood flows backward and accumulates in the vein. Extra blood in the vein puts pressure on the walls of the vein.

With continual pressure, the vein walls weaken and bulge. In time, we see a spider, or even, a varicose vein. Some people have a higher risk of developing vein issues. Genetics may put you at a higher risk. Many people get them because they sit or stand for long periods of time. These veins also become more common with age and during pregnancyObesity, hormonal changes, or an injury may also cause vein issues to occur.

For further information, take our Self Assessment test. As vascular physicians, we are most qualified to treat the full spectrum of vein and vascular issues. It is our core focus and specialty. For over 55 years, our vein specialists have been treating patients for a variety of vein diseases. In fact, we have the top-rated vein treatment centers and most experienced vein specialists in New Jersey.


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