Varices: Understanding and Treating Varicose Veins

Sep 17, 2022


Welcome to Bay Regional Medical Center's comprehensive guide on varicose veins, a commonly occurring condition that affects millions of people worldwide. In this article, we will delve deep into the causes, symptoms, and available treatment options for varices. As a leading healthcare provider in the field of vein diseases, our team of experts is dedicated to providing high-quality medical care and effective solutions to patients suffering from varicose veins.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins, also known as varices, are enlarged and twisted veins that usually appear on the legs and feet. They occur when the valves within the veins do not function properly, leading to blood pooling and increased pressure within the affected veins. This results in the bulging and twisting appearance commonly associated with varices.

Causes and Risk Factors

Several factors can contribute to the development of varicose veins. These include:

  • Genetic predisposition: Family history plays a significant role in determining an individual's susceptibility to varices.
  • Prolonged standing or sitting: Occupations that involve long periods of standing or sitting can increase the risk of varicose veins.
  • Pregnancy: Hormonal changes and increased blood volume during pregnancy can put extra pressure on veins, leading to varice formation.
  • Age: The risk of varices often increases with age as the veins lose elasticity and the valves become weaker.
  • Obesity: Excess weight puts additional strain on veins, increasing the likelihood of varicose veins.
  • Lack of physical activity: Regular exercise helps promote healthy blood circulation, reducing the risk of vein problems.

Symptoms and Complications

Varicose veins can cause a range of symptoms, including:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Swelling and heaviness in the legs
  • Itching and irritation
  • Cramping and muscle fatigue
  • Visible bulging and twisting veins
  • Skin changes, such as discoloration or ulceration

If left untreated, varices can lead to various complications, such as:

  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis
  • Leg ulcers
  • Bleeding from ruptured veins

Treatment Options

At Bay Regional Medical Center, we offer a wide range of effective treatment options for varicose veins. Our expert medical professionals will assess each patient's condition and recommend the most appropriate approach. Treatment options may include:


Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure that involves injecting a solution directly into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and fade over time. It is commonly used for small to medium-sized varices.

Endovenous Laser Ablation

Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a minimally invasive procedure that uses laser energy to seal the affected veins, redirecting the blood flow to healthier veins. EVLA is highly effective for larger varicose veins.

Venous Duplex Ultrasound

Venous duplex ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that uses sound waves to visualize blood flow within the veins. It helps identify the underlying cause of varices, facilitating targeted treatment planning.

Lifestyle Modifications

Alongside the medical treatments, adopting healthy lifestyle habits can significantly improve vein health. These include regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting, and elevating the legs above the heart level when resting.


Varicose veins can vary in severity and can cause discomfort or serious complications if left untreated. At Bay Regional Medical Center, our dedicated team of medical professionals specializes in diagnosing and treating varices to provide patients with relief and improved quality of life. If you are experiencing symptoms of varicose veins, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our experienced specialists today.

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Cool! Very informative guide! 👍
Oct 18, 2023
Jimmy Weng
I'm glad to have come across this article. It's empowered me to seek proper treatment for my varicose veins.
Jul 28, 2023
James Hillary
Thank you for shedding light on this common yet often neglected issue.
Jun 27, 2023
Korri Ksicinski
I never knew varicose veins could be so complex. Thanks for breaking it down.
Jun 6, 2023
Adam Walkiewicz
It's relieving to know that there are non-invasive treatment options for varicose veins.
May 12, 2023
Sharon Ream
This article is a great resource for anyone dealing with varicose veins.
May 2, 2023
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Very informative article. I learned a lot about varicose veins.
Apr 18, 2023
Beau Rush
The illustrations in the article helped me understand varicose veins better.
Apr 10, 2023
John Grandstaff
I found the section on causes and risk factors particularly helpful.
Mar 20, 2023
Guy Goza
I appreciate the detailed explanation of varicose veins and treatment options.
Dec 25, 2022
Aimee Menne
I've been struggling with varicose veins for years. It's good to know that there are effective treatments available.
Oct 19, 2022