Often affecting the veins in your legs, venous problems can cause pain or swelling. The three most common types of venous problems are:
- Varicose veins
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clot in a leg vein
Available at Dignity Health Southern California, venous problem treatment and prevention may ease your symptoms and reduce your risk of serious complications. For example, left untreated, a DVT can cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. This occurs when a DVT breaks free and travels to the lungs.
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Vein Treatment at Dignity Health Southern California
If you have varicose veins, you may be most concerned with how they look. Your doctor may recommend one of these treatments to minimize the appearance of your varicose veins:
- Laser procedures lighten the appearance of veins
- A range of minimally invasive procedures (sclerotherapy) seals veins, making them disappear
- Phlebectomy removes varicose veins near the surface of the skin surgically
- Weight loss, if you are overweight, and increased physical activity
If you have chronic venous insufficiency, your doctor may recommend that you avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time or suggest you wear compression stockings to reduce swelling. You may also be encouraged to make the same lifestyle changes as those recommended for varicose veins.
Surgical procedures are also available. You doctor may perform minimally invasive procedures to seal or remove veins that have become damaged or place stents in major veins to hold them open and help blood flow better.
DVT clots are dangerous, so urgent treatment is often needed. Your doctor may place a special mesh filter in the major blood vessel that moves blood to the heart (vena cava) to catch blood clots. Alternatively, your doctor may prescribe medications, by mouth or intravenously, to dissolve a DVT.
Considering Your Options for Vein Treatment
At Dignity Health Southern California, you will receive focused, individualized treatment from your doctor. Your personalized treatment plan will be based on your specific venous problem, the severity of your problem, and your specific preferences.
For each vein treatment option your doctor recommends, you will be advised of any risks and informed of ways to minimize them.
Varicose Veins Prevention & DVT Prevention
Long-term smoking, low physical activity levels, and an unhealthy diet can increase your risk for venous problems. Your doctor will work with you to identify any lifestyle challenges you might be having and provide help with overcoming them.
You can count on Dignity Health for complete, caring treatment for varicose veins, DVT, and venous insufficiency in Southern California.