Varicose Veins

Tinsley Surgical

Ellis A. Tinsley, MD, FACS, FSVS

Vascular Surgeon & General Surgeon located in Wilmington, NC

Varicose veins are a familiar sign of aging, but if you find them unsightly or they’re becoming irritated or painful, you don’t have to put up with them. Ellis A. Tinsley, MD, FACS, FSVS, of Tinsley Surgical in Wilmington, North Carolina, can help using advanced treatments like Varithena® foam sclerotherapy and VenaCure® laser therapy. Dr. Tinsley is a double board-certified vascular surgeon with extensive experience eliminating varicose veins and rejuvenating patients’ legs. Call Tinsley Surgical today to find out more or book an appointment online.

Varicose Veins

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are a common problem that mainly affects the legs, although they can develop elsewhere. The veins become more prominent, showing through your skin as blue or purple lines and loops. As they worsen, the loops start to twist and bulge out from the skin.

Some people develop varicose veins that don’t cause any symptoms, apart from looking unsightly. However, many people find varicose veins make their legs ache and feel uncomfortable. The veins might start itching or feel tender, and they can become ulcerous long term, meaning you develop open sores that are difficult to heal.

Severe varicose veins can form blood clots that can lead to thrombosis, or even pulmonary embolism if a clot breaks away and travels to your lungs.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins develop when the valves inside your veins stop working as they should. The valves are meant to keep blood flowing from your veins back to your heart. If they aren’t working correctly, blood can build up, trickling back up the vein and pooling, so the vein swells.

The more blood that pools in the veins, the more they swell and bulge, and the more likely they are to cause you discomfort.

How are varicose veins treated?

When you start to see varicose veins developing, it’s important to take action to prevent them from getting any worse. Start by exercising more and losing weight if you need to, which takes the pressure off your veins and improves circulation. You can also get compression stockings to wear that help by squeezing the blood back in the right direction.

If your varicose veins make your legs hurt or otherwise bother you, the team at Tinsley Surgical provide advanced, minimally invasive treatments, including:

Foam sclerotherapy

The Tinsley Surgical team uses the latest advanced form of sclerotherapy from Varithena®, a foam that they inject into the affected veins. The foam seals off the vein so blood can’t flow through it, causing the vein to wither and eventually break down. There are plenty of other healthy veins for your blood to flow along, so losing a few doesn’t impair your circulation.

Laser therapy

Tinsley Surgical also provides varicose vein treatment using VenaCure® laser therapy. This technology uses a highly focused beam of light energy to heat the varicose vein, closing it off so blood can’t flow through it and causing it to disappear. VenaCure laser therapy is entirely noninvasive and works best on smaller varicose veins.

Find out more about these cutting-edge treatments for varicose veins by calling Tinsley Surgical today or booking an appointment online.